LiveCirrus – Mobile-Enabling Your Legacy Apps and Content


LiveCirrusAre you in a hurry to get an existing Java application mobile-enabled without a complete re-write of the code? Do you have content that have been developed in Flash that you want delivered via iOS or Android? LiveCirrus, an innovative mobile company, has a way for you to leverage your existing investment of legacy systems and content. LiveCirrus offers a service that allows companies to deploy proprietary software and content to a virtualized system that is accessible via popular mobile platforms. Speaking via phone, Mark Schinkel, head of marketing for LiveCirrus stated, “We create a native shell-app for your content.” This shell wraps your existing app or content, thus allowing it to operate in a non-native scenario.  “We can deliver content and apps to mobile devices that would be cost prohibitive to rebuild as an HTML 5 solution,” he continued. This is a huge win for organizations that have made a significant investment in content or apps who want to continue to leverage them but in a mobile context.

The enterprise offering of LiveCirrus is built on top of their consumer application, named Cloud Browse. Cloud Browse, which has been downloaded over 1 million times, allows users the ability to view and interact with websites containing content that is incompatible with iOS and Android. Cloud Browse opens a desktop FireFox browser session on LiveCirrus’ secure, remote cloud servers to provide the native experience. Both the consumer and enterprise services are hosted on Amazon E3 servers.

Besides delivering the experience in a SSL browser, LiveCirrus’ enterprise offering can secure content in several ways depending on needs. The shell-app can require a username and password upon launch or require authentication on the server side before granting access to the content or application. LiveCirrus offers the flexibility of serving content from their datacenter or yours. Currently the container that the content or app runs under is Linux based. Windows support is offered through emulation at the moment, but native Windows support is on the near-term roadmap.

Getting set-up is an easy process that can take a few days to a couple of weeks depending upon the amount of content and complexities of deployment. LiveCirrus’ enterprise offering is a conversion process right now, but an SDK will soon be available so that companies can integrate their services directly into their mobile strategy. Pricing is typically done on a per user basis. LiveCirrus’ offering is a great option for companies needing to bridge the gap between existing line-of-business investments and the advantages of mobility. Check them out today at http://www.livecirrus.com

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4 responses to “LiveCirrus – Mobile-Enabling Your Legacy Apps and Content

  1. Great post, Ben, thanks! Beyond providing legacy support for Flash and Java based desktop apps, we hope developers will seek to leverage internal API’s with our SDK in the virtualized environment we provide.

    The cloud approach provides greater flexibility to create sophisticated, heavy duty mobile apps that require additional computing horsepower.

  2. Very cool tech! Definitely looks like it would be an effective alternative to rebuilding those legacy apps… an important step for companies wishing to embrace mobility and consumerization. You know how much I favor an accelerated timetable to catch back up to the CoIT movement and this could dodge one of those hurdles standing in the way.

    • Thanks Walter! We can handle desktop app components as well… for example, let’s say a big company with a data heavy desktop app is developing for mobile, and they have parts of their software ready for mobile devices but the other components will take much longer to build… we can work with that company to host that one challenging, time consuming portion of the app while they work on the conversion. Over time, we believe our cloud platform can be synthesized with complex app builds, much like the Kindle Fire browser.

  3. Pingback: Mobility – The Skin That You’re In | The Enterprise Mobility Forum

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