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Presenting the various alternatives to Facebook’s Parse

Published on 28 April 16

Do you know about Facebook’s announcement of closing Parse (MBaaS) in the beginning of this year? In case you missed out on it, then you must know that renowned and most-wanted Backend as a Service (BaaS) – Parse has shut down.

It may interest you that approximately 600,000 apps built on Parse are required to move their products and services to other platforms. However, the platform is certain to operate until January 2017, still developers and businesses must consider the alternatives in order to get their apps up and running.

In 2013, Parse was acquired by Facebook for $85 million and it turned out to be Facebook’s one of the key developer services allowing developers to work on mobile applications without having to deal with server and storage infrastructure of mobile apps. Certainly, it was a tough choice to make to shut down this platform, but then again it was doing no good to Facebook.

However, the wonderful attribute about technology is that in case one fails, there are millions of probable choices that works at the same pace or even more. Here we offer various considerable cloud service alternatives to Parse allowing developers to shift their choices moving on with successful mobile app development.
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With Google you get brilliant real-time solution for communication and data storage as mobile apps and web applications are developed. This work wonders to the app’s backend comprising of user authentication and static hosting helping you build cross-platform native mobile apps that use Android, JavaScript and iOS SDKs. Firebase enables data sync to all connected clients on real-time basis while the data can be easily accessed as the user goes offline. This presents a production-grade static asset holding serving the mobile app content with a global CDN.

AWS Mobile Hub

Go for Amazon Web Services as it has integrated console helping developers create, build, test and monitor mobile apps. The AWS mobile hub constitutes various app features comprising of user authentication, data storage, content delivery, push notifications and analytics from a single platform. Being feature-oriented, console requires minimum time and this way it’s just right to select high-level features having a mix of services, client code and SDKs.

As you compare it with Parse, Amazon offers numerous features offered by Parse as well as it presents other than what you get in Parse. Unlike Parse, AWS offers an option to use both NoSQL and SQL relational databases.

Now as we come to AWS Lambda, it saves developers huge sum of time and money while offering server-side app logic sans any service work. Thus, there is no requirement of backend expertise in server side data processing. You can also avail various other services such as Cognito, Mobile Analytics, SNS and other servicing an initial free tier to test apps.

MongoDB/Open Source Parse Server

Every Parse user is required to migrate their data within an year but Parse server can turn out to be a sensible choice. Facebook recommends enterprises to move their Parse data to a self-hosted MongoDB, finishing the setup of this self-hosted Parse by the end of July 2016. This way you can download the open source Node.js code and use it for your own hosted server.

However, it’s not going to support features such as push notifications, analytics and parameter updates.


This is an easy migration from the prominent backend Parse service, while the Batch team presents a simple two-step process to move over, apart from a smart way to incorporate Batch with Firebase.


Prominent backend generator for web, mobile and IoT apps, back {4}app enables developers to build and host Parse APIs providing an option to migrate a Parse app. This way there is no requirement to rewrite your app to some other API or learn how to use another platform. BaaS works 80% faster.

✠Visually builds your API
✠Engages users with push notifications
✠Integrates with suitable SDK
✠Adds custom code to cloud code

As these amazing services are there for you, so you don’t have to fret over Parse closure because there are numerous other brilliant third-party services such as Kinvey, AnyPresence, CloudBoost, CloudKit and many more that moves your whole database, Parse server, push notifications, cloud coding and other features to other platforms. So now as Parse won’t be available for app services, thus choose the best alternative soon.
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