Appwrite, an Israeli startup that offers an open source Backend-as-a-Service (BaaS) platform for web, mobile and flutter developers, has raised $27million in a Series A funding round led by Tiger Global.
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So, what does Appwrite do? The company offers a self-hosted solution that it says provides developers a set of “easy-to-integrate REST APIs” to manage their core backend needs. Appwrite is an end-to-end Backend-as-a-Service (BaaS) platform for web, mobile, native or backend apps packaged as a set of Docker microservices. It includes a real time database, a suite of authentication methods, storage and file management, image manipulation, serverless functions and more. “Its focus on simplicity, security and performance has resulted in a superior developer experience as evidenced by the project’s rapid growth,’ says Appwrite.
“The coming months are going to be even more exciting,” said Eldad Fux, CEO and Founder of Appwrite. “We’re planning to double down on extending the existing Appwrite stack of APIs and services thereby unlocking an even wider spectrum of applications and use cases that could be easily built with Appwrite, keeping in mind the same great developer experience we have always had as our top priority.”
“We’re also happy to share that Appwrite Cloud will be coming later this year, and you can already sign up for our early beta,” he added. “The Appwrite Cloud will be a fully managed, distributed solution that will make going to production and scaling with Appwrite easier than ever. The Appwrite team will continue to evolve our self-hosted solution to make sure it stays the easiest and most complete self-hosted backend-as-a-service product out there.”