Parse is an incredible backend for mobile applications, but unfortunately, it was recently announced that Parse will be retired in January of 2017. This left many developers and startups in an interesting situation where they were forced to come up with an alternative plan for their backend workloads. Thankfully, the Parse Server was open sources allowing developers to host their own Parse Server on any cloud provider or server allowing them to maintain their already developed workloads.
Microsoft Azure is one of those cloud providers that you can use to host a Parse Server, but they also took it one step further. Azure provides a managed install of Parse Server which creates all of necessary services to leverage the entire power of the Parse SDK. Everything from JSON document storage, to file storage, push notifications, and more. This video will walk through creating your Parse Server on Azure as well as what services are created for you and what they do!