Baqend – Loading time minimisation with new caching methods

Baqend GmbH is a start-up of ISYS at the Department of Informatics and implements research results achieved for scalable data management in the cloud. After being supported by the BMWi EXIST-Programme in 2014, subsequent support came from Hamburg’s InnoRampUp programme in 2015 and 2016. The programme enables start-ups like Baqend to further develop ideas and research prototypes, and to create a market-ready product. In November 2016, Baqend acquired well-respected investors which support their growth. The team of ten managed to launch their cloud service in 2016 and acquired several international clients which develop applications on that platform.

Baqend was founded in July 2014 and develops a Backend-as-a-Service-Platform that has some unique features due to its new caching method. It enables clients to create data driven websites and mobile apps with high productivity whilst achieving maximum performance for reaction times and scalability.

Staff: Felix Gessert, Florian Bücklers, Hannes Kuhlmann, Malte Lauenroth, Erik Witt, Konstanin Möllers, Sven Decken, Kevin Twesten, Julian Tiemann, Knuth Strecker

Cooperation partner: Baqend GmbH

Project site: Baqend

The platform is available as software and cloud-service and targets Indie developers, start-ups, web agencies, Ecommerce providers and software companies.

Loading times strongly influence user behavior and business metrics. Through five years of intensive development and research in the Department of Informatics at the University of Hamburg (Project “Orestes”) Baqend managed to develop innovative database and backend-technologies to tackle the loading-time problem. Technical centre piece of this research is the Cache-Sketch method that guarantees global loading times decreased by a factor of over 2.5 in comparison with other platforms. This method uses a Bloom filter data structure to consistently maintain expiration-based caches (e.g. from browsers and proxies), while invalidation-based caches (e.g. content-delivery networks) get updated proactively.