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MACH architecture explained

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MACH is an acronym for Microservices, API-first, Cloud-based and Headless. A MACH architecture consists of (micro)services that you can access through structured APIs. You can build your own services, but most of the time you take services from the cloud and combine them for your own ‘unique value chain’. In this blog we'll explain more about MACH and its benefits.

What is a MACH architecture?

A MACH architecture gives companies the freedom to choose the best tools on the market, and therefore provide a landscape that makes it easy to add, replace or remove technologies in the future. 


Microservices are systems that are independently developed, deployed and managed. Thus, you can change and improve separate services without having to affect the entire system. One microservice is designed to perform a single function like a wishlist or checkout. The parts communicate and exchange data, forming an union but remaining a separate nature. 


An Application Programming Interface (API) makes it easier to integrate different tools, so you can quickly interact with other products and services. It gives developers the freedom to choose the front-end framework of their liking, and gives marketers the data that they need for their analysis. Being API-first is crucial for the MACH architecture in order to establish a robust and future-proof digital ecosystem. This is because all the microservices communicate with each other through APIs. 


Being ‘cloud-native’ means that every part of your digital ecosystem needs to cooperate seamlessly in the cloud. Therefore, you can deploy and scale way faster compared to monolithic CMSs.


A headless architecture has its front-end interface decoupled from the back-end. For that reason the back-end developers can develop, improve and grow their back-end frameworks without affecting the front-end. The back-end and front-end are connected through API. 

A MACH architecture is built on different technologies, each one contributes to the architecture in a different way. For example, a headless CMS is based on the idea of microservices, because it is a backend-only platform that serves one purpose. 

A (headless) CMS is part of a technology stack within a company. It can be said that in a technology stack, most of the applications rely on the headless CMS. Therefore, a headless CMS is the core of the stack, and therefore a MACH architecture, regardless of the end goal (ecommerce, distributing content, etc.). All applications will rely on the content that is provided by the headless CMS, and therefore adapting a headless CMS is the easiest way to implement a MACH architecture. 

Prepr as a part of your MACH architecture

Prepr is worlds first data-driven headless CMS, with all the features you’d expect from a headless CMS and on top of that an additional build-in personalization engine. Prepr offers several features to support a transition to a MACH architecture. 

In addition, Prepr has integrations with SaaS solutions as MUX, Commercetools and Typeform to offer a complete and dynamic experience on the market. For this reason Prepr will support your digital transformation, regardless of the process. All these features makes Prepr not only a forward-thinking headless CMS but also a CMS that can be used for a MACH architecture. 

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