Why choose Catalyst?

Catalyst is the simplest serverless platform. It is a full-stack cloud-based serverless development tool that provides backend functionalities to build serverless web apps, mobile apps (Android apps and iOS apps), microservices, and REST APIs for a wide variety of use cases, including batch processing, and ETL (extract-transform-load) apps, product extensions and end-to-end applications. Catalyst adapts a BaaS (Backend as a Service) model and provides pre-written, universal, server-side components from a unified interface as programmable elements.


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Why Catalyst is the right choice

With Catalyst, you get to leverage Zoho’s extensive experience and expertise in cloud infrastructure and technology capabilities that power our 50+ products serving 60+ million users. We’ve built the entire stack in-house—from our own data centers and servers to high-level services like authentication, machine learning, and notifications.

Our simplified pricing, effortless database provisioning, unified console, and free sandbox make Catalyst the easiest platform to quickly build and deploy serverless apps that auto-scale on low-cost and next-gen cloud infrastructure. Here are some more reasons that make Catalyst the best choice for your serverless projects:

  • Free Sandbox

    Unlike other vendors in the market, Catalyst offers all users a free development sandbox that is a replica of the entire production environment.

  • Pre-built Microservices

    Slash your time to deployment by leveraging the power of pre-built microservices for operations like Authentication, Push Notification, and others that are used by Zoho products.

  • Decoupled environments

    Catalyst has a decoupled local debugging, development sandbox and production environment, enabling continuous integration and continuous deployment. Best of all, the local debugging and development sandbox environments are completely free. You can signup without a credit card right away.

  • Transparent, Uncomplicated Pricing

    Catalyst by Zoho has a simple, transparent pricing unlike other cloud providers where read-write units have to be pre-provisioned. With Catalyst, DB operations are as simple as API calls, and resource requests are the main marker for pricing. Also, you pay nothing till you deploy to production.

  • Advanced AI Operations as APIs

    The Catalyst Zia Suite contains powerful APIs that can be used for smart applications. These APIs are from years of research and are used by Zoho products as well. For example, the face comparison API is used in Zoho people to allow daily check in for attendance. You can use these APIs in your custom applications to perform advanced AI tasks easily.

  • Complete Ownership of Tech Stack: Powered by Zoho's infrastructure

    Unlike other providers, Catalyst's tech stack is completely owned by Zoho. This means that the Zoho's promise of privacy extends to Catalyst as well. With Catalyst, your application will run on the reliable infrastructure that powers 45+ Zoho applications. Applications built on top of Zoho Catalyst are robust, secure, scalable, and highly reliable.


“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 a code and deployed it.”

—Craig Mulcahy, CEO

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Pay nothing till you deploy the project to productionGet a free, full-featured sandboxGet up to 125 million free invocations *

*Free for the first year upon deploying your first project to production and considering single credit operations like Select Query in DataStore and heavy usage pricing