Twilio & Parse Launch Cloud Module To Bring Scalable Back-End Support, Telephony Services To Mobile Developers

Twilio was founded four years ago with the goal of creating a scalable API that would provide developers with an easy way to add SMS and calling tools to their applications. The company has grown quickly over the last two years and is now servicing 40 countries and has signed on over 250K developers. Its international development took another step forward last month, when it broke into Japan with an exclusive deal with KDDI telecom, which is now selling Twilio’s cloud communications APIs to developers — which followed on the heels of a deal signed with AT&T in October.

Today, Twilio has struck yet another deal, this time with the mobile app platform, Parse, which has resulted in the launch of Twilio Cloud Module and will make Twilio’s voice and messaging APIs available to users of Parse’s Cloud Code.

Parse has already been able to leverage its Cloud Code to integrate with Twilio services, but doing so has required additional effort on the part of engineers. The new Cloud Module allows developers to take advantage of voice response, mobile app distribution via SMS, call automation and two-factor authentication by adding one line of JavaScript code. No extra effort is needed.

Essentially, this partnership has one distinct purpose: To make it even easier for mobile developers to integrate Twilio’s cloud communication services into their apps — at scale. Of the partnership, Parse co-founder and CEO says, “Many mobile apps need telephony features, especially SMS. Our new Cloud Module makes it dead simple to hook up your mobile app to Twilio without having to maintain any intermediary servers at all. Sending an SMS is literally one line of code. Together, we want to revolutionize application development.”

Founded in 2011, Parse is a mobile app development platform that is compatible with iOS, Android, JavaScript and Windows 8 that allows developers to launch mobile apps quickly and efficiently at scale and get back to focusing on providing an awesome user experience, rather than worrying about server maintenance or infrastructure management. Through its code library, developers can easily pick and choose tools that enable them to add push notifications, social integration, data storage and custom logic to the back end of their apps.

Parse already powers these services on over 40K apps and, according to the co-founders, Twilio integration has been one of the most-requested features from their users. Naturally, developers don’t want to have to worry about building Twilio-like infrastructure themselves — or the same kind of functionality Parse offers — so the partnership allows them to easily take advantage of both without forcing engineering teams to sleep less than they already do.

And, hey, thanks to Twilio’s recent partnerships with AT&T and KDDI, Parse will now be able to offer its customers (and their apps) access to international (and Japanese) distribution.

For more, find the announcement here.