Mobile application server refers to a server that hosts, installs, and operates mobile applications and other services. A mobile application server is a key component in EMM, or enterprise mobile management. With the rise in BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, businesses are facing an increased need to have a comprehensive system that supports the use of company applications as well as data on a variety of devices and operating systems. EMM has emerged as a solution to this problem. In this context, the mobile application server is the centralized system that stores company apps and oversees their deployment, distribution of updates, and removal if necessary.

The mobile application server will contain both a server operating system and server hardware. These function simultaneously to allow the server to provide remote access and services to apps, which can include authentication, updates, and security features. In this system, the mobile application server communicates with the client component, which operates on the mobile device to receive apps, download updates, and follows the commands of the server. All of these functions occur OTA, or over-the-air. This allows the administrator of the system to configure app settings, send out updates, and wipe all data from a remote location.

In a mobile application server, the key features include user management, data redundancy, security of the application and data, high levels of availability, a centralized interface for management, and load balancing. Mobile application servers are beneficial because they allow employees to use the mobile device of their choice, and they offer a simple solution the issues the BYOD platform creates.