Back-End as a Service (BaaS)

What is Back-End as a Service (BaaS)?
Back-End as a Service (BaaS) is a cloud computing service model that serves as middleware and offers developers the opportunity to connect their web and mobile applications to cloud services via application programming interfaces (API) and software developer kits (SDK). Compared to other service models in the cloud computing environment, BaaS is rather new and there are a limited number of available providers.

The backend as a service is also known as the mobile backend as a service (MBaas).

The BaaS functions include Cloud storage, Push notifications, server code, user and file management, social network integration, location services and user management, and many back-end services. These services have their own APIs that make them relatively easy to integrate into applications. By providing a constant way to manage back-end data, developers don't have to develop another back-end for every service that the applications use or access. Some BaaS features are similar to other service models such as SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS, but BaaS is unique in terms of web and mobile application needs.

While there are many advantages to BaaS, it is also important to consider the design of the user interface (UI) as it is in direct communication with the end users. The job of the user interface is to connect the application to third party or proprietary APIs connected to the back end. The main disadvantage of BaaS services is the loosening of the provider.

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