Parse, The Facebook-Owned Cloud Service, Is Shutting Down

Cloud tooling business Parse announced this week that it will be shutting down operations in January 2017. As such, developers using the service have 12 months to relocate elsewhere.

A post by cofounder Kevin Lacker announced the decision, which was handed down by owner Facebook. The social media giant purchased the company back in 2013 for a cool $US85 million.

While Lacker doesn't go into detail about why Parse is shuttering — other than to say the company needs to "focus [its] resources elsewhere" — he did provide information for those looking to migrate:

First, we're releasing a database migration tool that lets you migrate data from your Parse app to any MongoDB database. During this migration, the Parse API will continue to operate as usual based on your new database, so this can happen without downtime. Second, we're releasing the open source Parse Server, which lets you run most of the Parse API from your own Node.js server.

By open-sourcing the server, Parse at least gives developers the option to host their own service without major disruption, if they decide not to adopt an alternative such as Firebase, Kinvey or Apigee.

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    Aww, sad. Parse was a great service, though I always did think their pricing model was a bit cheap for the service they offered. I'd happily pay more for it if it would keep the API going!

    Yeah. It's a shame but this isn't uncommon and many developers expose themselves to the risk of reliance on outside services killing their apps and hence their business.

    Sadly, cheap or easy always comes at a cost.

    We wrote a blog on this today:

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