Nubbius: Raising the bar with Google App Engine

About Nubbius

Nubbius is a product of the Cloud Gate SL, a Granada-based company dedicated to the creation and development of web and mobile applications. Nubbius's mission is to democratize the latest technologies, such as cloud computing and its use in production processes. Its main objective is to help lawyers be more efficient in using their resources, allowing them to work anywhere and in any situation.

Industries: Technology
Location: Spain
Products: App Engine

Google Cloud Platform results

  • Creates a richly featured, dependable application with minimal up-front investment
  • Saves more than $130,000 per year on infrastructure and staffing costs, while supporting a rapidly growing user base
  • Allows lawyers to feel confident that their information and clients' information is highly secure in Google-managed data centers
  • Easily and continually adds new features to improve user experience with one-click deployment

        The Cloud Gate, a developer of internet and mobile applications, used App Engine to create Nubbius, a secure, sophisticated software-as-a-service offering for lawyers to manage their cases, contacts, appointments, documents and expenses from any location and on any device. Running the app on App Engine is helping the company handle growing demand while letting it save hundreds of thousands of dollars in infrastructure.

        Challenge

        Ignacio Zafra knew when he founded his company that buying servers and managing growth in the user base would take time away from developing the new application.

        "We wanted to focus on what we do best, which is creating compelling web user experiences," says Zafra, who also serves as director of the Granada, Spain, start-up. "Dealing with infrastructure expenses and maintaining machines would detract from our goal, which was to offer a high-quality, cost-effective service for lawyers."

        Zafra and his team had a clear idea of what they wanted to build, but needed to be able to refine it easily as users provided feedback. They also needed the platform to be dependable and secure.

        Solution

        The team investigated App Engine and decided it was the right platform to bring their idea to life. Running the service on Google's scalable, reliable infrastructure gave them confidence that the service could support a growing number of users, while the pay-as-you-go pricing would help control costs. They were also pleased that Google adheres to the U.S.-E.U. Safe Harbor Agreement, which ensures strong privacy protections for their Spanish customers' data.

        The Cloud Gate's developers took advantage of several App Engine features to improve their application, including:

        • Multitenancy API to serve the same app to multiple customers, permitting them to add new users easily
        • High-replication Cloud Datastore for scalable, long-term storage of case information, contacts, time reporting, and expenses
        • Users Java API to authenticate users with their G Suite usernames and passwords, simplifying log-ins and enhancing security
        • Search API to make it easier for users to locate emails, documents, and other files

        The nubbius service, which launched in September 2011, integrates seamlessly with G Suite. Users can store documents securely in Drive, schedule appointments with Calendar, generate invoices through Sheets, and organize emails by case with the help of a Gmail gadget. Zafra and his team can quickly refine the application since they are able to test new versions on App Engine's servers and take them live with one click.

        "We love how easy it is to add features with Google App Engine," Zafra says. "It makes us responsive to users and helps us continuously improve our service."

        Results

        Zafra and his team built a richly featured application on App Engine with minimal up-front investment. Zafra estimates the platform is saving the company more than $130,000 a year, since he has avoided buying servers and hiring additional staff to maintain them. For the small start-up, these savings are significant.

        "Without App Engine, we would have to spend time raising money for infrastructure," he says. "App Engine allowed us to quickly build a great product that was ready for any number of users from day one."

        Users have never experienced downtime since the service went live. Zafra knows Google's scalable infrastructure will allow his company to continue to deliver top-notch performance no matter how much his business grows.

        "The performance that App Engine has given us has surpassed our expectations," he says. "Using it gives us great confidence, and we're able to pass that confidence on to our customers."

        "Without App Engine, we would have to spend time raising money for infrastructure. App Engine allowed us to quickly build a great product that was ready for any number of users from day one."

        Ignacio Zafra, founder and Director, The Cloud Gate

        About Nubbius

        Nubbius is a product of the Cloud Gate SL, a Granada-based company dedicated to the creation and development of web and mobile applications. Nubbius's mission is to democratize the latest technologies, such as cloud computing and its use in production processes. Its main objective is to help lawyers be more efficient in using their resources, allowing them to work anywhere and in any situation.

        Industries: Technology
        Location: Spain