Web And App Development

Cloud app vs. web app: Understanding the differences

The question is whether the terms cloud app and web app are identical?No, they are not although they are very similar. The line between cloud and web app remains indistinct as ever. This is of course due to natural similarities that exist between them.There are some of the differences between both the terms especially when looking to leverage cloud apps for the richer user and seamless integration.

Here, we have helped you in understanding the differences and benefits.

Cloud app

The cloud app is the evolved web app for most of us.Its main purpose is to access online services over the internet just like web applications, but the difference is that they are not dependent exclusively on web browsers to work. The cloud app can be solely available over the web browser by the service provider, but the web interface is used by them as alternative access methods to the custom-built cloud app for online services.

The features of cloud apps are characterized by advanced features such as:

Data gets easily stored in a cloud

One can easily cache the data locally for full-offline mode

It supports different users’ requirement like data backup, security, backup schedule.

It can be used from web browsers and all the custom apps installed on the devices connected with the internet like mobile phones.

With its help, one can access a wider range of services like on-demand computing cycle, storage, application development platforms

Web apps

On the other hand, web apps are the most exclusively designed app to be used from a web browser. To develop such applications the script like JavaScript, Adobe Flashis used to develop the web application. The dependency of web browser is on the webserver components that are installed on backend infrastructure systems to provide core functional web services. The most beneficial point is that these applications are accessible from anywhere via the web browser.


The application service provider exploit advantages about web app building framework technologies for greater customer reach. However, these technologies are not optimized for building new apps for the cloud era.In the sense cloud apps are web apps that can be used through web browsers but not all the apps are cloud apps.Most of the software vendors use web apps to sell cloud apps due to the latest buzz-word technology, but web apps do not provide the same benefit in terms of functionality and customization. So, it is advised buyers to be aware.

Many software application vendors think that if  their application runs on the web, this automatically acts as part of the cloud app, but they are wrong.This is not always the case. To evolve your web app,it needs to fulfilcertain properties such asmulti-tenancy support various requirements & needs for consumers.Keep one thing in mind that web applicationshould either be built to support this or re-engineered to do so.

The good news is that all the vendors who are looking to shift into the cloud app space now have a good platform and framework to choose and work. There is no point that you are shifting from an existing web app or even starting from scratch the role of the platform is important. Nowadays, cloud apps are affordable, and one can easily develop an application by reducing time to market and software development complexities.

So, if you are also thinking to develop web/cloud application the first step is to find a Mobile app development company in San Francisco, Top app Development Company.

By Sandeep Chauhan

Sandeep Chauhan is a Software Developer at plancoders. He loves to build beautiful Mobile Apps, and Websites.

In the past, he has worked in companies like OpenText, Intel, CenturyLink, and Walmart Labs.

He is the founding CTO of Dealsite (prev WorkingGroupLink), GoPetie, and HRaspirin. Sandeep created the first version of (prev Docademic), and helped develop ScaleLab product.

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