In most of the app development projects, developers know what they are doing. The process hardly takes place in vacuum. They also know that users expect apps to interface and work faultlessly with different internet services.
An ideal app is one which smoothly interfaces with its own server or set of network services. But it’s turning out to be an actual struggle for mobile app developers that how they should pick and choose a server or the cloud providing excellent support to things such as storage, data, analytics and push notifications which are incorporated to almost all apps. Fortunately, there are ways to get out of this struggle.
Companies are coming up with a new set of server solutions to aid developers making the best of the choices for their apps.
Developers Can Choose Server For Mobile Apps
The Cloud Solutions
Amazon is really taking some excellent steps to make cloud services, distributed computing and storages solutions affordable and approachable via its AWS.
For now a number of mobile, web and desktop app developers are using AWS for storage, in various app-related processes and to store query data.
Amazon offers APIs and toolkits designed to rapidly make the integration of their services to the backend of an existing app.
AWS SDK — Amazon also offers SDKs for both Android and iOS. These SDKS comes with libraries, samples of code, and documentation to help developers leverage various AWS services like EC2, S3 and Amazon SimpleDB within their apps.
Windows Azure — Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud has also become mobile-dev friendly. The company now provides official SDKs and APIs for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
Google – Google offers ability to link Android apps to Google App Engine with the use of Google Plug-in for Eclipse.
(M)Baas or PaaS.
Now companies are also offering easy access to a number of cloud services and back-ends without the need of any overhead hassle. This is often termed as Mobile Backend as Services [MBaaS] or Platform as Services [PaaS] and indeed, its trend is growing day by day.
In most cases, these companies work directly with Major cloud service providers such as Amazon, RackSpace and Windows Azure but abstract process to make it simple so that app developers do no need to work with a number of settings, accounts and configurations for setting-up an app’s backend. Check some Online tools here.
Here are some of the players in this space:
Parse —Parse‘s services are used by Band of the Day, Hipmunk and Yobongo. The platform provides excellent supports to iOS, Android and can also be connected with Heroku. Also, Parse can be used for cross-platform app development frameworks like Appcelerator and Sencha.
Kinvey — Kinvey has been an early player in the space and, it did term the ready-made server and hosting solutions as Backend as Services (BaaS). The company uses AWS, RackSpace Cloud and Windows Azure to provide its back-end tools along with own APIs which can be dropped into apps.
Buddy Platform — Buddy Platform is sort of hybrid between developer platforms like Appcelerator and backend platforms. Its APIs provide access to features like user management, geo-location data, photos & album information and user messaging.
StackMob — For now StackMob is in private beta but, it has SDK for Android, iOS, Java and custom server side code. Like Parse, it can also be connected with Heroku. Also, it provides server side-integration with Facebook and Twitter.
CloudMine — CloudMine provides supports to PHP, Java, Ruby and Python.