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Backend as a Service (BaaS)

Last updated: July 22, 2022

What Does Backend as a Service (BaaS) Mean?

Backend as a service (BaaS) is a strategy for developing software applications that outsource backend computing services to a cloud service provider.

BaaS plays an important role in low-code/no-code (LCNC) software development, serverless computing and NoOps. The benefits of using a BaaS provider include lower engineering costs and faster time-to-market for software applications.

In the early part of this century -- before cloud computing gained wide-spread acceptance -- BaaS providers were usually called MBaaS providers because the services they offered met the unique needs of mobile app developers.

Today, the term BaaS is sometimes used as a synonym for Platform as a Service (PaaS), but technically, they are not the same thing. Over the years BaaS has evolved to meet the needs of citizen developers and unlike PaaS, does not allow server-level access.

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Techopedia Explains Backend as a Service (BaaS)

BaaS platforms use cloud application programming interfaces (APIs) to connect desktop and mobile apps with third-party cloud services. Popular back-end services in the cloud include :

Popular BaaS vendors include:

8base - According to their website, 8base lets citizen developers build powerful backends without needing backend service development skills.

AWS Amplify - According to Amazon's website, AWS Amplify allows citizen developers to scale applications effortlessly with no cloud expertise needed.

Backendless - According to their website, Backendless provides citizen developers with a visual development platform that provides access to backend services with no code required.

Parse - According to their website, Parse is currently the most popular open-source framework for LCNC backend services.

Gamesparks - According to Amazon's website, Gamesparks is a fully-managed AWS service that makes it easy for citizen developers to build, optimize and scale backend services for video games.

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Synonyms

Mobile Backend-as-a-Service

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