Backend as a Service (BaaS): Kinvey Review

kinvey reviewWith a host of “as-a-services” in cloud computing business, why is the need to add one more cloud jargon? The answer is simply because it revolutionizes how mobile applications are built. The trademarked cloud term is Backend as a Service (BaaS).

What is BaaS and why should I care about it?

If you are a mobile app developer, you must have known the drill: To get your mobile app up and running, you need to connect with multiple cloud services, setting up/maintaining/scaling servers for your backend purposes – and you need to take care of those things while actually working on building your mobile apps.

Backend as a Service simplifies things for you.

Backend as a Service (BaaS) is a cloud infrastructure that allows developers to easily build apps – in this case, mobile apps – on a managed backend. App developers don’t have to worry about what’s going on in the back-end, as it’s managed by the cloud service provider; this will allow them to focus 100 percent on developing their mobile apps.

The pioneer in BaaS is Kinvey.

What is Kinvey?

Kinvey is a Cambridge, MA -based app developing platform founded in 2010 by Sravish Sridhar, a successful technopreneur who have built and invest in various IT startups prior to Kinvey – including founded a social media educational n non-profit organization in India.

Kinvey trademarks the BaaS term believing that the future in mobile industry is BaaS, that sits right in the middle between mobile app companies and mobile device manufacturers – check out this BaaS cloud infographic to learn more how Kinvey position itself in the mobile industry.

How things work?

Using Kinvey’s service, all you need to do is to model your cloud backend required to access your data from any platforms without the need to build it from scratch. You then grab your APIs and libraries, put them in your mobile app codes, and you are ready to go.

Check out this video introduction that can give you an overview on how Kinvey and BaaS work:

Kinvey uses multiple cloud service providers to power the backend – currently Rackspace, Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure. When any of them goes down, Kinvey will always be up and running smoothly. Regarding the mobile OS platform, Kinvey enables developers to build mobile apps for any mobile OS platforms – iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, HTML5, etc.

Check out this infographic on how Kinvey’s BaaS work:

kinvey baas


Kinvey is the pioneer in BaaS – I assume Kinvey team knows mobile app developing better than anyone else; indeed, they do.

But don’t take my word for it – the best way to see whether Kinvey can help you build a mobile easier is by signing up with Kinvey. It’s free, no catch – so I can’t see any reasons why you are still reluctant in getting your hands on Kinvey’s BaaS.

I recommend you to sign up for beta and start building your mobile app backend (allegedly in 7 minutes flat!) Or if you are not sure just yet, visit Kinvey to learn more.

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  • jois

    Hola! Si utilizo Kinvey hay alguna opción de que me cobren algo? Mi intención es hacer una app para iphone que sea una red social y por tanto necesito registrar usuarios, subir fotos, etc. Por lo que veo, kinvey solo proporciona la API así que lo que tendria que pagar serian los servidores de Amazon, no? En Kinvey pone que pueden cobrarte algunas cosas pero no especifica ni precio ni nada.


    • Ivan


      I’m not sure – Kinvey was free when it was in beta, but now it has officially launched – I haven’t got a chance to peek inside to see what’s on offer. Maybe you should sign up and see whether it’s freely available.