Today, developers can benefit from a range of cloud storages that let them transfer data using API from iOS to iCloud. Some of you have already heard about Parse, CloudKit and some other storages that operate actually in the same way with some slight differences.
However, developers still argue about the best variant. Some believe that CloudKit is not actually worth those efforts. We decided to put all argues to an end defining a better cloud storage. Parse and CloudKit are certainly the leading storages f compared with other analogs. On the other hand, the first one looks more promising with a set of advantages if compared with its main rival. His article will let you better understand what you are to expect from both solutions and pick up the one that will meet or even exceed your expectations.
Our experts compared and contrasted some crucial features including the following:
- Data import/export;
- Server-side logic;
- Social network support;
- Web hosting;
- Local storage and more.
We do hope you will have enough data to choose the best solution after reading this article. Here we go!
The dashboard displays all necessary data that you have already put into your storage. Its efficiency can be determined by the tools that let you organize your data in accordance with your needs and preferences.
CloudKit has a dashboard comes with several limitations. You will hardly appreciate a selection of tools. You are only able to handle editing and creating tasks. Moreover, it looks far from a typical table view like Parse. This fact can result in some extra inconveniences and difficulties. You may find all your stored data in the Default Zone. On the other hand, you can see all the components of your Team marked with privileges. The level of functionality is high enough. Nevertheless, some extra features are highly anticipated. We expect them to be implemented in the nearest future.
2. Server-side logic
If you have ever worked with Parse, you are well aware of its award-winning feature known as CloudCode. Using this handy tool, you do not have to leave the server when completing various tasks. Moreover, you are able to work with several libraries connected to your server at the same time. Parse lets developers handle the statistics calculation using CloudCode tool.
CloudKit cannot boast such a useful tool. We do hope Apple is already working in a similar function letting developers handle the code and run on the backend.
3. Background task
We have already determined the lack of server-side tools within the CloudKit infrastructure. This problem results in another crucial drawback in favor of Parse. Background cloud is absent here. So, you will never be able to implement it in case of necessity. In other words, you will inevitably face the lack of flexibility when processing data directly on your server.
4. Data import/export
Every time you need to backup stored data in JSON, Parse appears to be a better solution than CloudKit, as the second one simply does not let you handle the task. On the other hand, developers using Parse will be 100% sure regarding the security of your data stored on your server. We have another score in favor of Parse.
Parse is also a good option whenever you need to deal with detailed analytics. The solution delivers accurate data letting developers monitor the following rates:
- Request frequency;
- Activities resulted in push-notifications;
- Track crashes and more.
If you use CloudKit solution, you will not be able to benefit from this feature.
6. Local storage support
We have already mentioned about tools provided by Parse that let developers organize their data in accordance with their needs. This tool is available for both iOS and Android platforms. CloudKit framework cannot boast this function, as there are no special mechanisms to organize your data locally.
If you are not a beginner and have at least slight developing experience, you know that CloudKit is available for OSX and iOS platforms only.
Parse looks more promising and beneficiary from platform flexibility perspectives. It is compatible with different devices powered by iOS, Android, OSA, Windows and some more.
Parse framework provides not only a domain name for your website but also lets you build your own web resource. Second level domain names are delivered by default. CloudKit does not have such feature. In other words, you will not be able to benefit from delivered setting, support requests, and content within your Project Directory.
9. Rest API
You can use a wide selection of third-party libraries whenever you need to import export or transfer data when using Parse. In other words, you can use the REST API function.
10. Social network support
Both frameworks have user tables to store data for users who log in using their social accounts on Twitter or Facebook. Although CloudKit does not feature a built-in mechanism, it is still rather functional. However, Parse is a better option when considering this particular feature as well.
You are wrong if you think that the main mission of this article is to show the inefficiency of the given framework. In spite of some obvious misses, CloudKit delivers a set of beneficiary hits proving that Apple is actually able to do well when it comes to cloud storages.
Main CloudKit advantages include:
- It delivers a huge storage size for free. Developers will certainly appreciate 10 TB and 1 PB in database and asset storages relatively;
- The framework comes with containers available for developers. They are used to encapsulate objects related to the app. CKContainer is a tool that enables and efficient communication of your server with an app.
Apart from all possible drawbacks, CloudKit is not as bad as it may seem at first sight. One thing is clear, Apple should come up with a set of enhancements and modifications letting developer complete their projects using this framework. We are looking forward to updates and changes made by Apple in the nearest future. Keep in touch with the latest.