Numecent is one of the companies that is quietly changing the way that we use the cloud. We’ve talked about them a lot in the past, and we still believe that they are the future of how most users will interact with the cloud, without ever knowing it. Even the mobile operators appear to be in agreement with us.
What Numecent is launching today is their Native as a Service, which allows their customers, ISVs, to be able to deliver native desktop applications via Numecent’s Cloud Paging. This would, in theory, enable an ISV to be able to strictly control how their application is downloaded, installed, and used. While this may not necessarily lend very well to a user’s own right to own the content that they pay for, it does reduce the likelihood of piracy and reduces the overall time to satisfaction since most NaaS ‘Cloudified’ applications generally require a significantly smaller target download size.
As illustrated above, you can see where Numecent’s NaaS fits into the current ISV stack of services and applications. Numecent is not trying to deliver themselves as a new platform or infrastructure, but simply a new way of utilizing those resources to deliver a proper native application to the desktop, as a service. This can be accomplished using virtually any infrastructure or platform, however, numcent does offer their own infrastructure as an option, which is AWS.
In addition to delivering applications in a faster, and smaller manner, NaaS is inherently more secure. When compared to services like Google Docs, or Software as a Servic (Saas) you are forced to access and place your data on the cloud, which means that your personal and corporate information are fundamentally at risk of being hacked or spied on by government agencies. With NaaS, the data is separated from the application which makes Cloud Paging inherently local and private. The data generated by the application never leaves the local machine (unless you want it to) and the only thing that’s being streamed over the cloud itself are bits of the application.
Also, as was demonstrated to me before, Numecent has also figured out how to sandbox the local data, which makes the data inaccessible to other users or programs, further securing and locking down the data. They are also looking at using their secure sandboxing tool and to apply it with datapaging to enable secure end to end communications and backups. In addition to all of that, all of Numecent’s technologies are 256-bit AES secured and it makes it pretty difficult to crack when Numecent isn’t delivering the entire application, but rather bits of the application.
For a better explanation of how NaaS works, watch a video below on how Approxy, a spin-off of Numecent, applies this technology to gaming.