The Difference Between a Cloud App and a Web App
While the terms cloud app and web app are similar, they aren''t interchangeable. There are some notable differences between cloud and web apps. When looking at a cloud app vs. web app, a cloud app is basically like an evolved web app. Both are equally used to access online services, but unlike web apps, cloud apps aren''t exclusively dependent on browsers.
Cloud App Characteristics
There are cloud apps for every business, regardless of the industry. Here are some of the basic features of a cloud app:
- data is stored in a cloud, allowing access from any device or computer with an Internet connection
- data is cached locally
- requires minimal IT knowledge
- set up for you by the cloud provider
- apps are fully customizable
- add storage or extra support as needed
- support for different user requirements
- accessible from web browser
- accessible from custom-built apps over the Internet
Web App Characteristics
Web browsers are defined as software applications allowing users to retrieve data and interact with content that is located on web pages. Web apps are generally designed to be used from a web browser only. They are developed using a combination of server-side script and client-side script. Examples of web applications commonly used in business include:
- submit fields
- enquiry and login forms
- shopping carts
- content management systems
While all cloud apps can be categorized as web apps, all web apps aren''t cloud apps. The additional access and customization options sets cloud apps apart from web apps.
Whether you''re looking to shift your current web app to a cloud app or starting from scratch, we can help. Feel free to contact us to discuss your business and software needs.