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Parse (recently purchased by Facebook) is marketed as a BaaS, but the tech stack seems similar to a PaaS such as Heroku, and they tout their Javascript SDK for web apps.

Unlike Heroku, Parse has a very big free tier and it also manages the integrated MongoDB (whereas Heroku offers paid managed MongoDB add-ons from MongoLabs and MongoHQ).

Don't those two cost savings make Parse an attractive candidate for use as a PaaS for a web app? Or am I missing some important technical distinction between the two? It seems that the distinction between BaaS and PaaS is more marketing related than technology related.

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closed as off topic by Su', Simon Hayter, John Conde Apr 30 '13 at 11:34

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