What is Backend As A Service ?

Apr 8, 2016 · 2 min read

How many apps do you have on your phone? It is estimated that the average smartphone user has 36 apps on his or her phone. Apps have helped us increase our productivity, stay connected with friends, monitor our health habits, consume the latest news stories and more. Apps have become a regular part of our everyday lives. Yet, for mobile developers, apps take a tremendous amount of time, effort, and money to produce.

This has lead to lots of changes in the software development cycle where we have seen improvement in infrastructure. For instance, the introduction of infrastructure being offered as a service (IaaS), made it incredibly easy to roll out the app and scale them. IaaS is a form of cloud computing that provides virtualized computing resources over the Internet. We also saw the introduction of Platform As A Service(PaaS), which created a strong bond between software and hardware by creating a layer on top of the server and hosting infrastructure (IaaS) reducing the amount of work an app owner has to do in terms of building and managing their servers.

Further improvements and innovations sprung up with the introduction of Backend As A Service(BaaS).This is yet another layer on top of PaaS, providing lots of backend services via the cloud. With the growth in the number of mobile devices like iPhone from Apple, Android from Google, Windows Phones from Microsoft and the historic contender Blackberry, a number of BaaS providers are emerging to meet the demand for building, deploying and managing the mobile app lifecycle. Most of these BaaS providers either focus on providing most commonly used backend structures with customized Software Development Kits (SDKs) and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) in the form of services. BaaS is a natural response to software development being moved to the cloud.

Although a relatively new development in cloud technology BaaS has seen huge growth rates and might change the landscape of app development. BaaS is an evolution. It’s not a revolution, game changer or groundbreaking new technology. It is a logical response to the demand for mobile applications.

A driving factor behind developers choosing BaaS is because the hustle of building your own mobile apps is intensive, time and resource consuming as processes must be duplicated and customized across many mobile platforms. With a solid BaaS, you can build on top, regardless of the operating system, you can roll out your mobile apps to all major mobile providers with a single and manageable backend.

BaaS offers two main benefits to developers;

  1. Eliminates redundant code for each app.
  2. All within one setup.

All these together help developers build native mobile apps faster with greater ease.

Reference: http://nordicapis.com/why-you-should-build-apps-with-an-api-backend-baas/

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