In a data-first world, your web and native apps need to deliver excellent user experiences, including during network disruptions. The Offline First approach to application development puts performance first and recognizes that network downtime is a fact of life - and the only way to always satisfy users, whether they're offline, online or somewhere in between, is to build apps that are operational even when they’re offline.
Create always-on user experiences
Offline First apps enable data to be written locally first, which is faster than writing directly to cloud services. Having data on hand natively means fewer performance disruptions when networks go down.
Enable users to work offline
Being offline shouldn't be an error condition. Offline First apps allow your users to work offline or with limited connectivity, by retaining core app functionality at all times.
Improve app performance
By reducing the number of requests to the cloud service, Offline First apps help your app to be more efficient with battery resources and bandwidth usage.
IBM Cloudant – Powering Offline First
IBM Cloudant delivers an always-on JSON data layer for powering web, mobile and IoT apps that remain operational even when internet connections become unavailable. Cloudant’s advanced replication and syncing capabilities ensure users have a seamless experience, even during network disruptions.
Cloudant Mobile Sync – replicate data seamlessly
Cloudant, built on open source Apache® CouchDB™, is designed so that CRUD and query requests go to the local replica, regardless of network state.
Upon request, Cloudant’s Mobile Sync feature will keep the local replica and remote instance in sync, enabling offline functionality.
Cloudant, Hoodie, and PouchDB – Offline Sync for Progressive Web Apps
This interoperability enables seamless data replication and syncing across any data store that implements the CouchDB Replication Protocol, powering endless varieties of Offline First data architectures.
How you can use Cloudant to build Offline First apps
Guarantee data access during network disconnects
Average attention spans are dwindling, and users will abandon your app in seconds if it fails. Cloudant can keep apps connected to data, and keep users engaged, even when network connections go down.
Offline functionality of Cloudant-powered apps is possible because all data access, insert, read, update and query run locally, so, at the request of the developer and when business logic and network conditions so allow, replication to the remote instance is possible.
The technologies that power Offline First applications are increasingly open source and freely available. The result is a flourishing ecosystem of offline-capable web, mobile and IoT apps running on interoperable systems.
Cloudant is fully compatible with open source Apache CouchDB and PouchDB. As a result, your app runs well on both self-managed CouchDB and IBM-managed Cloudant environments, with PouchDB offering a free way to persist data locally for offline data access.
Integrate products with Cloudant for Offline First
Cloudant combines with other key technologies and services to bring Offline First apps to life.
IBM Cloudant + PouchDB
Cloudant is used with PouchDB (a small, in-browser version of Apache CouchDB) to enable offline data access. PouchDB behaves as a native instance of Cloudant when users are offline, and syncs with the Cloudant service when online.
Provision a fully managed Cloudant instance on IBM Bluemix Public. Cloudant is always free on the Lite plan which includes a max of 1GB of encrypted data storage.
The paid Standard plan offers scalable configurations by throughput capacity and data usage and starts at $75/month.
Fully managed single tenant deployments of Cloudant are available in IBM and AWS data centers, along with Bluemix Dedicated environments. Contact us for more information and pricing.
Run a fully featured Cloudant cluster in the privacy of your on-premises data center. Contact us for more information and pricing.
“SQL databases aren’t good at synchronizing data, which made us think about a NoSQL approach. IBM Cloudant offers Cloudant Sync, which gave us exactly what we needed—an ‘offline first’ approach which lets our users work offline and just sync data when a connection is available.”
“We built the app with the idea that offline was the default mode, which means that all data is placed in cache and instantly available—regardless of whether the device is connected to a network. The result is that users experience no loss of performance, functionality or data availability in offline mode.”