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Para - backend for busy developers

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Para - Backend for busy developers.

Para is a flexible and cost-effective backend service that stores, indexes and caches your objects.

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Open Source


A managed service based on the open source library Para. Adding your own features is a pull request away on GitHub.

Cloud-based


We are hosted on Amazon Web Services, inside a private cloud, which allows us to scale up and down quickly.

No vendor lock-in


You can always switch to another hosting service or run Para on your infrastructure. We're cool with that.

Client-side focus


Our simple JSON API and client SDKs allow you to easily integrate Para into your code.

  • Advanced authentication


    Your users can be authenticated with their social accounts and Para will issue a JSON Web Token (JWT). LDAP and Active Directory are also supported. This combined with powerful resource permissions for each user, gives you great flexibility and security.

  • Full-text search


    All your objects are indexed automatically by Elasticsearch - a robust and scalable search engine. Para supports many types of queries like basic field queries, wildcard, geo point, and "more-like-this" queries.

  • JSON API


    The API is simple and secure. Using basic HTTP methods you can create, read, update and delete objects. It also supports pagination and field limiting. All API calls are signed using the latest AWS signature v4 algorithm, used by Amazon.

  • Distributed cache


    Your objects are cached when they are created or updated. Caching allows for faster read times and decreases the load on the database. This works great for "hot" objects that don't change very often.

  • Scalability


    Para stores data in several regions of the AWS cloud and is powered by DynamoDB - a scalable, fault tolerant database with very low latency. Your data is stored in globally replicated tables, encrypted, on Solid State Drives (SSDs).

  • Backup & Restore


    Premium plans feature an easy-to-use backup and restore control panel which enables you to import and export data from Para. Simply download the JSON data archive and restore it when needed.

Client libraries for easy integration


  • The Free Plan
  • Free
  • One app only
  • Shared database
  • Maximum 10K objects
  • Global replication
  • Email support
  • Chat with us on Gitter
  • The Paid Plan
  • €25

    per app, monthly

  • Dedicated database
  • 10 GB of storage
  • Automatic scalability
  • Global replication
  • Backup & Restore
  • Email support

The prices don't include European Union VAT (not applicable to customers outside the EU).

Billing is on a monthly basis. Annual billing is also available - pay 10 months and get 2 months free. Additional storage and app credits can be purchased at any time.

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