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Parse shutdown: Alternatives are asking for your business

I’ve been writing opinion columns for various technology publications for more than a quarter century. Rarely have I seen anything touch a nerve to the degree of Facebook’s coming shutdown of the Parse mobile back-end as a service.

One thing that’s great to know is that developers are watching out for each other, offering up ideas for alternative services. As my own service, here’s a digest of some of what has crossed my inbox during the last week. Which are good, bad, or ugly products and services? That’s up to you to decide for your own mobile development projects.

Nimble Parse is a Parse-compatible API service from Nimble Stack that starts at $10 a month, including a half gig of memory and unlimited data. Its offers three service levels up to 2 GB of memory.

William Hoang, a mobile developer advocate at Couchbase, has written a blog piece with code fragments that demonstrates migration of a Parse app to Couchbase Mobile, backed by Digital Ocean.

Appcelerator, another mobile app development platform, feels your pain. To help, director of product architecture Rick Blalock is hosting a webcast on Feb. 17 to walk through a comparison of Parse and Appcelerator Arrow, showing how to migrate platforms and answer questions.

Syncano is a start-up that touts itself as a platform for creating serverless apps. In her blog post, Sara Cowie shares your sadness and confusion. The company is ready to provide its entire portfolio of features free for six months, including a dedicated support team to guide developers through the migration process.

GameSparks, another back-end services that seems to target developers of gaming apps, wants to provide you with an alternative integrated toolset for building, tuning, and managing server-side components.

I was contacted by apiOmat.com, yet another MBaaS, that appears to have more of an enterprise slant to its offerings. You can check it out and get started for free, though the pricing chart was in euros.

Other alternatives exist. These are the first few that reached out to me. No doubt we’ll all be looking into this a lot more in the next few months. Parse shuts down on Jan 28, 2017. Don’t wait. Start now. And share with us your woes, your outrage, and your plans.

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Thanks for sharing, Joel! For those interested in exploring Syncano, we created a follow up post comparing our platform to Parse. Hopefully it will provide the information you need to decide which platform is best for you! https://syncano.io/blog/looking-for-a-parse-alternative/
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I’m a back4app’s founder (https://www.back4app.com/en/). The platform is a backend builder integrated to a BAAS. The principle is to create a high quality code backend(documented, unit tested)using MDD diagrams and choosing which language/framework you want to generate your code. After that you can one-click-publish on a BAAS or simply copy the code and use it on other server. You have full access to the code and the platform is open source.
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NodeChef's Parse Server hosting is the first fully managed parse server offering. Getting the same Parse service which is winding down is hard but we'll get you close.

https://nodechef.com/parse-server
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NodeChef's Parse Server hosting is the first fully managed parse server offering. Getting the same Parse service which is winding down is hard but we'll get you close.

https://nodechef.com/parse-server
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The only question after that news was simple “What should we do next?”. I see 4 options how to take Parse based apps to another state which keeps them working. My views about this options: https://anvileight.com/blog/2016/02/08/parse-shut-down-and-how-to-move-on/#more-168
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Clearly, Parse shutdown has touched a nerve. Good to see lots of alternative platforms. Next is a discussion of your strategy for migration. What steps are you taking and what is your timeframe?
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As parse suggest the first step is to create an infrastructure for MongoDB and migrate your Database. At this moment you will continue using Parse API to the current users of your app.
The second is to setup a Parse Server by yourself too and move all the Parse server structure and Cloud code. Back{4}app do all this job for you. http://parse.back4app.com

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Well there is no need of woes & outrage :). We can handle migration and offer reliable scalability. Check out www.parseground.com.
The good thing is that the whole baas industry will evolve to offer better services and attract developers. Which is good for all.
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Thanks for the article. Parse shut down by Facebook was a huge hassle for the entire developer community and back4app has developed a plug an play solution for the migration (< 5 minutes). The platform is reliable and it is an interesting alternative for the migration. The video below details the steps to move the Parse app to www.back4app.com :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7j-1nrgZrQ

http://blog.back4app.com/2016/03/01/quick-wizard-migration/
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Thanks for sharing Joe! 

I've used Back4app - www.back4app.com tool kit to conduct the migration. 

http://blog.back4app.com/2016/03/01/quick-wizard-migration/
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Thanks for sharing Joe! I've been using Back4app - www.back4app.com an an migration alternative to Parse.
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Quite simply - Parse Server is not an option (no matter where it is hosted) for any app with real volume/scale. My company - Buddy.com - has worked to release a fully scaled & hardened Parse product. Not just Parse Server, but pretty much the full functionality of good 'ol Parse. 

We did this after spending time with the Parse team at their HQ in California and investing a development team and 9 months of work.

We support cloud code, jobs, PPNS, web hosting, etc...

If you've used Facebook's Parse, you'll find yourself VERY much at home at Parse on Buddy.

Come check it out - we're at http://parse.buddy.com.

(full disclosure - I'm CEO of Buddy, so certainly have my biases)
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In my opinion, Parse shutdown is like “Much Ado About Nothing.” Probably this statement is quite strict, because it was a problem for many developers and their project data. But there are volumes of alike platforms for them to use instead Parse. I come across tons of articles and blog posts about Parse alternatives floating out there around the Internet. If someone is still alarmed and in pursuit of suitable services to meet his or her specific needs, here is another list of Parse alternatives http://www.nexgendesign.com/7-alternatives-to-survive-parse-shutdown
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