When comparing dotCloud vs Back4App, the Slant community recommends Back4App for most people. In the question“What are the best hosting services for Node.js apps?” Back4App is ranked 3rd while dotCloud is ranked 5th. The most important reason people chose Back4App is:
The user is not a hostage and can migrate the application to other hosting service whenever they want.
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Pro Adjust per-instance memory
Most other PaaS providers only allow for multiple, low-memory instances for horizontal scaling, but dotCloud also allows for vertical scaling and resource-heavy applications by adjusting per-instance memory availability.
Pro Quick deployment
dotCloud is usually very fast when it comes to deploying your project. The CLI tool is very good at that and deploys your build almost as soon as you push it.
Pro Thorough Documentation
The documentation is very good an explains everything in-depth.
Pro Support for various types of databases
Supports Postgres, MongoDB, RabbitMQ, Redis, and MySQL. All of these can be used without any additional pricing, no need to pay for expensive addons.
Pro Open source
Back4app is an open source BAAS and Backend generator.
Pro Smooth migration from Parse
Back4App offers a smooth migration for all former Parse users who wish to migrate their data now that Parse has announced that it will stop soon.
Con Poor database performance
When your databases have a very high write volume dotCloud starts having some serious problems keeping up with it. Performance drops completely and in the worst case scenario the database crashes and starts going down daily.
Con Uses MongoDB for the backend, which is not considered very safe by many
Back4App uses MongoDB as the database where data is stored. Mongo has been known to have issues with data corruption and data loss.