Catalyst launches today!

Catalyst launches today!

Zoho’s powerful serverless platform helps you create custom cloud applications with ease.

We’re thrilled to announce the official launch of Catalyst, Zoho’s serverless platform. Debuting in 2019 as an early-access version, Catalyst now offers cutting-edge serverless capabilities to quickly build and deploy innovative microservices, apps, and serverless product extensions.

The platform has grown beyond serverless computing services, to become a comprehensive serverless developer suite, with more than 30 individual components that ensure seamless development and deployment of solutions. With Catalyst, you can quickly build and scale solutions for your business, without having to manage any servers. Catalyst also comes with transparent, uncomplicated pricing, unlike other cloud providers, where read-write units have to be pre-provisioned. With Catalyst, resource requests are the main marker for pricing. You only pay for the resources you use. Even better, you get up to 125 million free invocations.*

Experience customization with Zoho products like never before! 
Customizing Zoho’s apps: Catalyst is a pro-code serverless developer platform that helps our partners and customers achieve maximum customization for their existing applications. The platform supports popular developer languages, like Java and Node.js.

Here are just a few examples of Zoho product extensions and microservices using Catalyst:

Real-time data access and management: Building microservices and extensions for Zoho’s SaaS products has been one of the key highlights for our early customers and partners. Using Catalyst, Zoho Partners were able to create in-product customizations that helped to address their unique business use cases with existing Zoho services. One customer, ConstructionBOS, used Catalyst to integrate data from third-party web applications into Zoho CRM to drive real-time data access and management to address their customers requirements.

“With Catalyst, we were able to serve our customers better by getting new services to them faster. Building the microservice on Catalyst was easy! We never had to deal with infrastructure management. We just wrote code and deployed it.”
—Craig Mulcahy, CEO, ConstructionBOS

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Improved sales and customer service: A software application development company based in India, oApps, rolled out two different services in just three months, using Catalyst. The two applications, now available on Zoho Marketplace, were developed to manage sales data and achieve seamless customer service.

“Catalyst gave us an edge by being able to build and host two powerful Marketplace extensions within a short span of time. Both solutions have proved to be reliable and seamless in performance so far. We’re also extremely happy with the tech support we’ve received from the Catalyst team,” said Kavitha Sugumaran, Founder and CEO of OApps and Zoho Partner

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Logistics integration: One of our customers, an ecommerce retail startup from India named Clean Label, was able to pull off a reverse logistics application in conjunction with Zoho Inventory

“Being a startup, we’ve been highly impressed with the tech support and customization that Catalyst was able to bring to the table—allowing us to achieve our goals in an effortless way. The solution built on Catalyst was a smart and logical integration with Zoho Inventory that helped us minimize data redundancies, maximize efficiency, and create a seamless and sustainable storage container recycling system.”
– Shyam Sundar, CEO, Clean Label

How can businesses benefit from Catalyst?

One of the most frequent pieces of feedback that we get from our customers has been their appreciation of the simplicity of putting together the pieces of the serverless puzzle. With Catalyst, you don’t have to spend time contemplating the various storage options and complex component integrations that are usually involved in building serverless solutions in the cloud ecosystem.

With Catalyst, it’s easier to create solutions with minimal effort and time. This can truly spark the project implementation and create solid business solutions which can be scaled along with the growth of the business.

This means it takes less effort and time for companies to build, test, and implement projects in the Catalyst ecosystem. This has already proved to be cost effective and efficient for most of our customers.

“We were able use the Catalyst serverless platform to quickly build and deploy a cloud-based job evaluation portal that has greatly improved the reach of our solution among the job-seeking community. We’re highly impressed with the technical support offered by the Catalyst team, and the robustness of the platform that’s housing our crucial application. We outgrew what the server world offered to us, and it was the right time for us to switch over to a provider like Catalyst.”
– NJ Lakshmi Narayan, Founder and Director – BuildHR

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What are some of the key features in Catalyst?

  • Event-driven functions, REST endpoints, and CRON jobs
  • Powerful function orchestration for seamless business logic
  • Integrated database, file storage, and cache unit built on the platform
  • Off-the-shelf automated machine learning and artificial intelligence integrated with the platform
  • Necessary application services, such as user management, API gateway, monitoring, user authentication, and email services, integrated into the platform
  • Free developer sandbox environment for testing out your applications before pushing the project to production

How developers can leverage Catalyst in Zoho’s rich ecosystem

Helping you focus on apps, not ops

Imagine this: Matt is a junior developer who has been assigned the task of creating microservices that serve as product extensions to an existing application used by his agency’s customers. The customer wants Matt to turn around with a finished solution in just a week.

Think this is impossible? Enter Catalyst! Matt can easily make a breakthrough in his projects by creating microservices and end-to-end applications with a set of integrated components that can help run the applications easily. With Catalyst’s natively integrated and ready-to use components, he can easily deliver it in a week⁠—meeting the customer’s high expectations.

Catalyst is the simplest serverless platform available. Our simplified pricing, effortless database provisioning, unified console, and free sandbox make Catalyst the easiest platform on which to quickly build and deploy serverless apps that auto-scale on low-cost and next-gen cloud infrastructure.

To see why Catalyst is your best bet for serverless projects, read this.

See for yourself what one of our early customers had to say about the ease of use of our serverless platform:

“I’m not an experienced software developer, yet I was able to understand and execute the serverless microservice, along with an entry-level developer from my team. We were able to deploy the project effortlessly using Catalyst CRON because of the simple-to-use platform approach, proactive technical support, and detailed documentation in their console.”
– Radha Rengachari, Managing Director, Spikra

Why should you choose Catalyst?

The only integrated serverless suite: Catalyst is the only serverless platform with multiple components integrated into a single stack, which helps to save the time and effort needed to build serverless applications

Pay nothing till you deploy the project to production

Get a free full-featured sandbox that’s a replica of the entire production environment

Get prebuilt microservices to slash development time

Decoupled environments for CI/CD, with the local debugging and development sandbox environments completely free

Get up to 125 million free invocations*

Transparent, uncomplicated pricing, unlike other cloud providers where read-write units have to be preprovisioned. With Catalyst, resource requests are the main marker for pricing. You only pay for the resources you use. Try the Catalyst pricing calculator to better understand our pricing method.

Perform advanced AI tasks easily, leveraging powerful APIs built over years of our research

Zoho’s promise of privacy. We own the tech stack completely, so your applications will run on the reliable infrastructure that powers 50+ Zoho applications.

No prior training needed: Unlike complex cloud platforms, a developer is not required to go through training and certifications to get started with serverless computing on Catalyst. You can just sign up and start building your serverless applications.


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