Businesses are always on the lookout for technology that can help them to gain strategic importance. Be it the need to push web applications faster into the market, or reduce the turnaround time for user requests, they need technology that is sustainable and scalable. Companies like PayPal, Dow Jones, Walmart, Netflix and Yahoo are investing heavily in Node.js to fulfill this need. Even many Fortune 500 companies that have so far relied on legacy systems are adopting Node.js in their day-to-day operations.

Node.js is suitable for building asynchronous programs. This means that the program execution does not need to pause while I/O operations are performed, which saves system resources and provides better performance. JavaScript’s higher speed is due to the fact that V8 compiles JavaScript into native machine code, instead of interpreting it or executing it as bytecode. The creator of Node.js was inspired by seeing the file upload progress bar on Flickr, and wanted to build a Gmail-like application with soft real-time and push capabilities. Today, because of Node.js, we now have web applications with real-time, two-way connections.

Another benefit of using Node.js is that developers don’t have to keep switching between client and server-side code, because it’s JavaScript on both ends, which improves productivity.

According to a Forrester report, JavaScript and Node.js will change corporate technology like Java did. The report talks about how JavaScript, and the Node.js runtime environment in particular, has set the stage for the biggest shift in enterprise application development in more than a decade by addressing the scalability challenge.

Some major reasons for Node’s acceptance in enterprises are:

  • Short development cycles
  • Performance
  • Scalability

Where Node.js is being used: The web is a highly dynamic place. It's expected to be responsive, work offline, and on mobile devices it's expected to adopt mobile-specific features like notifications. Data is critical for applications and needs to be pushed across the system via Ajax, WebSockets, data streams (audio-video) for real-time and REST APIs. To address these growing needs, we either have to scale existing software or build a wrapper which can deliver on these new technologies. Node.js has core strengths and supportive tooling which makes it suitable for building a modern layer on existing systems.

Short development cycles, performance, and scalability are the reasons many enterprises are now building new systems on Node.js. For its scalability, performance and faster development cycles in comparison to legacy enterprise technologies, Node.js is also getting extra love from enterprise grade monitoring solutions like Ruxit, and even commercial builds like N|Solid.

Potential benefits of using Node.js in your business

  • Reduce server hosting cost by up to 70%, cutting your server hosting and infra bills
  • Reduce page load time by up to 50% (humans and Google love a faster web)
  • Make your customers and developers happy

What are businesses using Node.js for?

Chat Applications:  The ability of Node.js to react to events and handle simultaneous connections makes it an ideal technology for high traffic, data-intensive applications that run across distributed devices.

Data Streaming: Node.js allows files to be processed while they are being uploaded. This is done for real-time audio or video encoding.

Proxy: Node.js is particularly valuable for proxying different services with different response times, as it can easily be used as a server-side proxy.

Application Monitoring Dashboard: With the real-time, two-way sockets of Node.js, businesses are gathering real-time information which helps them to make actionable dashboards.

Enterprises looking for scalable application development environments will need to consider Node.js to have as part of their strategy. If you would like to have a discussion on this, just write to us below.

You can also check our quick video on Business Application of Node.js with Drupal.