What are some alternatives?
When comparing iKnode and Backendless, you can also consider the following products
convertigo - Convertigo offers mobile backend as a service for creating and deploying business mobile applications.
Firebase - Firebase is a cloud service designed to power real-time, collaborative applications for mobile and web.
Parse (Updated) - Parse with five new products, live from F8
Back4App - For devs, by devs. An easy way to build, host and manage Apps using the open source Parse Server. Scalable Servers, Pre-build examples, Cross-Platform support
Appcelerator Titanium - Appcelerator Open Source
Kinvey - Kinvey is a BaaS provider that makes it easy for developers to set up, use and operate a cloud back-end for their mobile apps.