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What alternatives exist as Parse is shutting down?

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Recently Parse came up with the announcement that they are shutting down their mobile backend as a service. Parse helps in simplifying the addition of rich features to your Android, iOS and HTML5 apps. It produces back-end tools for developers that helps in storing data in the cloud, manage identity log-ins, run custom code in the cloud and handle push notifications.

A bad news for developers who have built an app on top of Parse. But the relief is that they are giving 12 months’ time to find new solutions. They are also providing a path to running your own ‘Parse-compatible service.’ They have also provided the migration guide about exporting Parse data.

Some of the alternatives available in place of Parse is as follows:

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  • Firebase

Firebase is a scalable and real time data storage and communication solution and comes as a freemium service. It is a cloud database for powering collaborative, realtime apps. Its great and flexible majorly for realtime data, but not so flexibely for things like SMS, payments, push notifications, etc.

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  • AWS Mobile Hub

AWS Mobile Hub is available commercially on Amazon. It is a direct Parse replacement and allows you to add and configure features for your mobile app. Its features includes data storage, user authentication, push notifications, analytics, backend logic and content delivery. It also gives you easy access to testing on real devices. Analytics dashboards can also be used easily to track usage of app. All these features from a single integrated console.

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  • Backand

Backand is another freemium service provides as a powerful backend-as-a- service for Angular JS. Its unique feature is that provides both server side back-end and the application front-end. It provides an easy solution for rapidly developing and running cross-platform cloud applications.

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  • Deployd

Deployd is an open source API development tool for Mobile and Web developers. Deployd APIs are made up of plug-and-play resources like collection that can be added easily and defined through deployd dashboard.

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  • RemoteStorage

RemoteStorage is a free and open protocol for per-user storage. You can own your data and everything in one single place. You can use a storage aacount with provider you trust, or you can even set up your own storage server. You can develop your web app without developing the backend for it, as your users will be able to connect to their own backend at runtime. Offline support is also built into the RemoteStorage.js by default.

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