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Microsoft Azure vs Parse: What are the differences?

What is Microsoft Azure? Integrated cloud services and infrastructure to support computing, database, analytics, mobile, and web scenarios. Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any language, tool or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment.

What is Parse? The complete mobile app platform. With Parse, you can add a scalable and powerful backend in minutes and launch a full-featured app in record time without ever worrying about server management. We offer push notifications, social integration, data storage, and the ability to add rich custom logic to your app鈥檚 backend with Cloud Code.

Microsoft Azure can be classified as a tool in the "Cloud Hosting" category, while Parse is grouped under "Mobile Backend".

Some of the features offered by Microsoft Azure are:

  • Use your OS, language, database, tool
  • Global datacenter footprint
  • Enterprise Grade with up to a 99.95% monthly SLA

On the other hand, Parse provides the following key features:

  • Store basic data types, locations, photos
  • Update over the air
  • Data browser lets you manage, search, and update content without writing a single line of code

"Scales well and quite easy", "Can use .Net or open source tools" and "Startup friendly" are the key factors why developers consider Microsoft Azure; whereas "Easy setup", "Free hosting" and "Well-documented" are the primary reasons why Parse is favored.

According to the StackShare community, Microsoft Azure has a broader approval, being mentioned in 489 company stacks & 463 developers stacks; compared to Parse, which is listed in 92 company stacks and 44 developer stacks.

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What is Microsoft Azure?

Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any language, tool or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment.

What is Parse?

With Parse, you can add a scalable and powerful backend in minutes and launch a full-featured app in record time without ever worrying about server management. We offer push notifications, social integration, data storage, and the ability to add rich custom logic to your app鈥檚 backend with Cloud Code.
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    What are some alternatives to Microsoft Azure and Parse?
    Amazon Web Services
    It provides on-demand cloud computing platforms to individuals, companies and governments. It offers reliable, scalable, and inexpensive cloud computing services.
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    It helps you build what's next with secure infrastructure, developer tools, APIs, data analytics and machine learning. It is a suite of cloud computing services that runs on the same infrastructure that Google uses internally for its end-user products, such as Google Search and YouTube.
    DigitalOcean
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    The Apache Hadoop software library is a framework that allows for the distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of computers using simple programming models. It is designed to scale up from single servers to thousands of machines, each offering local computation and storage.
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    Decisions about Microsoft Azure and Parse
    Kestas Barzdaitis
    Kestas Barzdaitis
    Entrepreneur & Engineer | 12 upvotes 65.8K views
    atCodeFactorCodeFactor
    Google Cloud Functions
    Google Cloud Functions
    Azure Functions
    Azure Functions
    AWS Lambda
    AWS Lambda
    Docker
    Docker
    Google Compute Engine
    Google Compute Engine
    Microsoft Azure
    Microsoft Azure
    Amazon EC2
    Amazon EC2
    CodeFactor.io
    CodeFactor.io
    Kubernetes
    Kubernetes
    #SAAS
    #IAAS
    #Containerization
    #Autoscale
    #Startup
    #Automation
    #Machinelearning
    #AI
    #Devops

    CodeFactor being a #SAAS product, our goal was to run on a cloud-native infrastructure since day one. We wanted to stay product focused, rather than having to work on the infrastructure that supports the application. We needed a cloud-hosting provider that would be reliable, economical and most efficient for our product.

    CodeFactor.io aims to provide an automated and frictionless code review service for software developers. That requires agility, instant provisioning, autoscaling, security, availability and compliance management features. We looked at the top three #IAAS providers that take up the majority of market share: Amazon's Amazon EC2 , Microsoft's Microsoft Azure, and Google Compute Engine.

    AWS has been available since 2006 and has developed the most extensive services ant tools variety at a massive scale. Azure and GCP are about half the AWS age, but also satisfied our technical requirements.

    It is worth noting that even though all three providers support Docker containerization services, GCP has the most robust offering due to their investments in Kubernetes. Also, if you are a Microsoft shop, and develop in .NET - Visual Studio Azure shines at integration there and all your existing .NET code works seamlessly on Azure. All three providers have serverless computing offerings (AWS Lambda, Azure Functions, and Google Cloud Functions). Additionally, all three providers have machine learning tools, but GCP appears to be the most developer-friendly, intuitive and complete when it comes to #Machinelearning and #AI.

    The prices between providers are competitive across the board. For our requirements, AWS would have been the most expensive, GCP the least expensive and Azure was in the middle. Plus, if you #Autoscale frequently with large deltas, note that Azure and GCP have per minute billing, where AWS bills you per hour. We also applied for the #Startup programs with all three providers, and this is where Azure shined. While AWS and GCP for startups would have covered us for about one year of infrastructure costs, Azure Sponsorship would cover about two years of CodeFactor's hosting costs. Moreover, Azure Team was terrific - I felt that they wanted to work with us where for AWS and GCP we were just another startup.

    In summary, we were leaning towards GCP. GCP's advantages in containerization, automation toolset, #Devops mindset, and pricing were the driving factors there. Nevertheless, we could not say no to Azure's financial incentives and a strong sense of partnership and support throughout the process.

    Bottom line is, IAAS offerings with AWS, Azure, and GCP are evolving fast. At CodeFactor, we aim to be platform agnostic where it is practical and retain the flexibility to cherry-pick the best products across providers.

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    Omar Mehilba
    Omar Mehilba
    Co-Founder and COO at Magalix | 13 upvotes 51.6K views
    atMagalixMagalix
    Python
    Python
    Go
    Go
    Amazon EC2
    Amazon EC2
    Google Kubernetes Engine
    Google Kubernetes Engine
    Microsoft Azure
    Microsoft Azure
    Kubernetes
    Kubernetes
    #Autopilot

    We are hardcore Kubernetes users and contributors. We loved the automation it provides. However, as our team grew and added more clusters and microservices, capacity and resources management becomes a massive pain to us. We started suffering from a lot of outages and unexpected behavior as we promote our code from dev to production environments. Luckily we were working on our AI-powered tools to understand different dependencies, predict usage, and calculate the right resources and configurations that should be applied to our infrastructure and microservices. We dogfooded our agent (http://github.com/magalixcorp/magalix-agent) and were able to stabilize as the #autopilot continuously recovered any miscalculations we made or because of unexpected changes in workloads. We are open sourcing our agent in a few days. Check it out and let us know what you think! We run workloads on Microsoft Azure Google Kubernetes Engine and Amazon EC2 and we're all about Go and Python!

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    Mohamed Labouardy
    Mohamed Labouardy
    Founder at Komiser | 5 upvotes 12.9K views
    atKomiserKomiser
    GitHub
    GitHub
    Go
    Go
    Microsoft Azure
    Microsoft Azure
    OVH
    OVH
    Amazon Web Services
    Amazon Web Services
    Google Compute Engine
    Google Compute Engine

    Google Compute Engine Amazon Web Services OVH Microsoft Azure Go GitHub

    Last week, we released a fresh new release of Komiser with support of multiple AWS accounts. Komiser support multiple AWS accounts through named profiles that are stored in the credentials files.

    You can now analyze and identify potential cost savings on unlimited AWS environments (Production, Staging, Sandbox, etc) on one single dashboard.

    Read the full story in the blog post.

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    Mohamed Labouardy
    Mohamed Labouardy
    Founder at Komiser | 5 upvotes 18.8K views
    atKomiserKomiser
    GitHub
    GitHub
    Microsoft Azure
    Microsoft Azure
    Material Design for Angular
    Material Design for Angular
    Docker
    Docker
    Go
    Go
    Amazon Web Services
    Amazon Web Services
    Google Compute Engine
    Google Compute Engine

    Google Compute Engine Amazon Web Services Go Docker Material Design for Angular Microsoft Azure GitHub I鈥檓 super excited to annonce the release of Komiser:2.1.0 with beta support of Google Cloud Platform. You can now use one single open source tool to detect both AWS and GCP overspending.

    Komiser allows you to analyze and manage #cloud cost, usage, #security, and governance in one place. Hence, detecting potential vulnerabilities that could put your cloud environment at risk.

    It allows you also to control your usage and create visibility across all used services to achieve maximum cost-effectiveness and get a deep understanding of how you spend on the #AWS, #GCP and #Azure.

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    Reviews of Microsoft Azure and Parse
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    Business Analyst
    Review ofMicrosoft AzureMicrosoft Azure

    Windows Azure is more difficult to configure than some other cloud based technologies, however, it makes up for it with the incredible integrations and ease of development on mobile platforms (Android, iOS and of course Windows Phone).

    The Azure Web Sites is a PaaS that is very easy to setup and is pretty powerful.

    If you want VMs you can have them and even program when they come online.

    There are tons of ways to use this service and there are a lot of free things you can get in order to try it out. The only downside is that you have to learn a new, although very powerful, platform.

    Avatar of aluzardo
    Web Developer at GiG - Gaming Innovation Group
    Review ofParseParse

    An Important Announcement.

    Parse's hosted services will be fully retired on January 28, 2017. We're proud that we've been able to help so many of you build great mobile apps. Read more on this announcement and what this means for your app here. Thank you for using Parse.

    More info in http://parse.com/

    How developers use Microsoft Azure and Parse
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    MOKA Analytics uses Microsoft AzureMicrosoft Azure

    We use Microsoft Azure because many of our clients are already Azure for their private cloud. Additionally, Azure supports App Service Environments (ASE), which isolates the application resources and gives us a static IP for securely accessing external resources

    Additionally, MSSQL supports columnstore tables which is critical for running fast analytics over large datasets

    Avatar of Daniel Kovacs
    Daniel Kovacs uses Microsoft AzureMicrosoft Azure

    My favourite cloud with all the great tools - web apps, mobile apps, storages, easy tables, blobs, app insights, cosmos DB... I think it is really usable and ergonomic. Plus point for mobile app.

    Avatar of PSESD
    PSESD uses Microsoft AzureMicrosoft Azure

    We currently host PRS and EARS on Azure as they are .Net apps, but we are currently porting these services to Scala and will be hosting them on Heroku with the other P2 SRX services.

    Avatar of Onezino Gabriel
    Onezino Gabriel uses Microsoft AzureMicrosoft Azure

    Servi莽o utilizado para deploy de toda a infraestrutura do projeto. Colocamos todas as pe莽as do servi莽o no azure, garantindo uma forma r谩pida e garantia de escalibilidade.

    Avatar of Sean Long
    Sean Long uses Microsoft AzureMicrosoft Azure

    Blackbaud makes use of Azure and my current job is with Blackbaud. Therefore, due to the free credit and the ability to reuse tools, I rely on Azure quite a bit.

    Avatar of Cameron Drake
    Cameron Drake uses ParseParse

    Parse is a backend service backed by MongoDB.

    Avatar of Brounie SA de CV
    Brounie SA de CV uses ParseParse

    Push and cache on apps. Sometimes full apps

    Avatar of Andy Cheng
    Andy Cheng uses ParseParse

    Backend data store (with geolocation data)

    Avatar of philipbarrar
    philipbarrar uses ParseParse

    Push notifications

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