Facebook: Host Parse on AWS, Heroku

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Facebook recently announced that it is shutting down Parse. The cloud-based platform for cross-platform apps was acquired by the company back in 2013. It helped developers create social apps integrated with Facebook across iOS, Android, HTML5, etc.

Last month, the company announced the beginning of the wind-down process, and it's expected to be fully retired on January 28, 2017.

They released a database migration tool to let developers migrate data from their Parse apps to any MongoDB database. Late last week, they highlighted some options for hosting Parse Server on AWS and Heroku.

"Using Amazon Web Services directly is a great choice for hosting and scaling your Parse Server," said Parse co-founder James Yu. "In the past few years, AWS has become the infrastructure of choice for both large enterprises and startups alike. In fact, Parse itself was built on AWS."

"AWS is a secure cloud services platform providing a broad set of infrastructure products, ranging from bare metal instances to fully managed solutions," Yu added. "We recommend using AWS Elastic Beanstalk to host your Parse Server, which not only handles deployment, but also automatically manages scaling and monitoring your application. For the Parse Server database, you can go with MongoLab, which is a MongoDB as a service that frees you from managing the underlying infrastructure for your MongoDB instances."

Parse has a guide for deploying to AWS Elastic Beanstalk here.

"If you are new to managing a backend stack, Heroku provides an easy-to-use platform to deploy and scale your Parse Server app. They were one of the first PaaS providers which let developers focus their time on building apps instead of maintaining infrastructures," Yu says. "For the Parse Server database, we also suggest using MongoLab through the Heroku add-on."

There's a guide for deploying Heroku and MongoLab here.

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