Backend & Cloud

Building Scalable Infrastructures

Our secure and scalable backends can be made up of the following:

Databases

Each platform is different and has unique functional, performance and data considerations. We select our infrastructure depending on the platform and will assess the project needs before opting for an SQL or NoSQL database.

Microservices

Using a Microservices architecture means an application is structured as a collection of services, each with its own business function. Each service is called when needed, rather than running simultaneously. Large, complex applications can run more efficiently, scale more quickly, and we can make changes and add services over time.

Serverless

Serverless applications are a modern and scalable way of building platforms. This approach, also known as FaaS (Function as a Service), means we focus on creating value for the end user rather than spending time maintaining infrastructure and servers, meaning significantly reduced cost, complexity and development time. We use a combination of specialised managed services and bespoke microservices to build highly elastic and flexible platforms.

PaaS

“Platform as a Service” solutions such as Heroku allow to manage the development, launch and ongoing hosting and maintenance of a product from one platform. This can be easily scaled up based on the usage of the product, and provides flexibility going forward.

MBaaS

“Mobile Backend as a Service” providers, such as Axway Mobile Backend Services, offer an out of the box backend solution for mobile apps. These providers offer data storage, user management and push-notification support, which means you can cut down on development time.

The Use Case

What this could mean for your platform

Each platform is different and one of our first tasks is to assess your needs and establish the right solution for your product.
Opting for a serverless architecture using FaaS (Functions as a Service) is an increasingly attractive development route, as it allows for scalability and flexibility as your platform grows. It may also be very attractive for your balance sheet.

For example, a social platform requiring user profiles, chat features, activity feeds, etc. could have a serverless backend using a combination of managed services (such as Firebase Real Time Database or Cloud Firestore) and bespoke microservices. As the platform grows services can be added and removed. A combination of technologies could even be applied to one platform across different services. This means that the platform can easily respond to demand, and that if technologies evolve, the platform can evolve with the times.

Digital Building Blocks

Some of our areas of specialisation