Transfer, Scale & Save: Meet Firebase
A developer-first cloud platform. You probably heard this phrase used countless times, but what does it mean in practice? For our team at Servian, it’s all about allowing our developers to focus on creating applications. And if you ask us, that’s exactly what Google is doing.
A great example of that was Google acquiring Firebase – a comprehensive mobile application development platform – in 2014. Being able to work with Firebase has made it possible for us to write web and mobile applications that can not only scale, but also transfer data in real-time to connected clients with the use of a real-time schemaless datastore.
On top of that, we have found Firebase to be incredibly cost-effective, especially if applications are only utilised by a small number of users, as the base plans are quite generous with their free tiers. As a result, several internal applications we’ve developed – used daily by our 300+ consultants – cost us $0 per month, while with larger applications the pricing remains reasonable and scales with usage.
Other features include free SSL termination with custom domains, easy version upgrades (and rollbacks), simple authentication, out-of-the-box database backups and asset hosting. Together, the scalability, real-time transfers, low (if any) monthly costs, and additional assorted benefits, make Firebase one of the most user-friendly platforms for building high-quality mobile applications.