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Migration from Parse Options

By Rob Rusher In Digital Enablement, Mobile Development, Software Development February 1, 2016

Why would you need a Parse alternative?

You wanted to quickly ramp up a new mobile app, so you chose Parse to get it done. Excellent! It’s one of the oldest Mobile Backend as a Services (MBaaS) available. It’s mature. And it has a ton of great features.

The biggest “con” is that if it ever shuts down, you will have to quickly figure out the migration from Parse options.

Unfortunately, that day has happened. Parse just announced they’re winding down the Parse service, and Parse will be fully retired after a year-long period ending on January 28, 2017. That’s it! You have one year to get your stuff and move on. They claim they, “are proud that they’ve been able to help so many of you build great mobile apps”. But not so proud that they will continue the service.

This is a huge transition! Your whole backend has to be migrated to new servers and possibly new software. Maybe you’re thinking about moving to a new BaaS. Parse was not the first to shutdown, nor will it be the last. So, I understand it if you’re a little skittish about using another BaaS at the moment.

Luckily, On3 professional services has already moved a few clients off of cloud service systems like this to their own hosted environments. Most of which ended up being cheaper to maintain. We have also provided staffing of our resources on larger projects through Digital Enablement service.

We’ve got the experience, process and resources that will make move from Parse as easy as possible.

What are some of your options?

First, Parse is releasing a database migration tool that lets you migrate data from your Parse app to any MongoDB database. Once in Mongo, you need to build a whole new services layer on a new set of software and servers that has to be maintained. This is no small task and has lots of moving parts. But it will be yours to control, not some CEO of a tech company that you used to trust with your business.

Second, Parse is releasing the open source Parse Server, which lets you run most of the Parse API from your own Node.js server. Once you have your data in your own database, Parse Server lets you keep your application running without major changes in the client-side code. While this gets you off their servers with a “somewhat” functioning API, the software will not be maintained and some critical functionality will be missing.

You have come to rely on Parse, and they are leaving you in the dust. There are a lot of options. Options that can be customized to your business. We are here for you and will strive to make this transition as easy and straightforward as possible.

Still have questions?

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One size does not fit all, especially for your business. There are several options across multiple infrastructures, software and languages that could be a fit.

We will advise you on the environment that is best for your business.

2 thoughts on “Migration from Parse Options

  • Jeff Thompson

    Hi, I’m a developer and used to Parse.com. When I knew it would shut down, I began to look for alternatives and found http://www.back4app.com. I’m happy with my choice, there are several tools that serves me, and best of all, I managed to migrate my project in just 5 minutes!

  • Rob Rusher

    I also tried a few different services for hosting Parse Server. NodeChef had a great migration toolset. Their data migration tool was awesome. I didn’t like their pricing (by month only) and their support was very slow. I had an issue with billing and have never gotten a response.
    I ended my search once I tried Heroku. It’s not as automatic (you have to setup your own dashboard), but is was very easy to work with. And the pricing is easily managed for scaling based on time, not a flat monthly fee.

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