Today in APIs: HP Drops EC2 API Support, and 2 New APIs

Greg Bates, December 5th, 2013

HP customers approve of it blocking Amazon’s EC2 API. Oracle renews copyright threat to API use. Plus: 2 new APIs.

HP Drops Support for AWS’s EC2 API Per Customer Feedback

Hewlett Packard has bowed out of supporting Amazon Web Services’s EC2 API, stating it is a closed end expensive system that locks its customers in. AWS does this by providing other services such as the cloud relational database service, and once customers are hooked, they can’t leave.

Steven Burke, writing in CRN, notes that customers drove HP to take this stance. He quotes one HP customer, Mont Phelps, CEO of NWN, which is No. 88 on the SP500 list with $266 million in annual sales, at length:

“What makes Amazon (NSDQ:AMZN) competent in this [enterprise-Web-services] world anyway?” said Phelps. “I don’t get it. I know they have got some pretty big data centers, but I don’t know why they should have significance and relevance in the corporate market.”

“They end up charging for everything, and at the end of the day, you don’t get the level of service you would expect,” he said. “You end up compromising. The HP offering is a no-compromise solution.”

HP, in pushing its OpenStack model for an open cloud, contrasts markedly with the AWS public cloud approach that uses a proprietary API.

Amazon was not available for comment, Burke added.

Oracle Appeals Court Ruling, Reasserts Right to Copyright APIs

Back in 2012 a federal judge ruled that APIs could not be copyrighted, thereby preventing Oracle from controlling all Java APIs. That relief maybe short lived; Oracle has appealed that decision.

It’s not exactly clear how copyrighting APIs will, according to a banner on Oracle’s website, lead to less complexity and more innovation.

Jeff John Roberts reports in Gigaom that an appeals court in Washington D.C. has indicated it may rule in Oracle’s favor, to devastating effect:

“If Oracle succeeds in the appeal, it will obtain a level of control over software construction that would be akin to a construction firm saying it had exclusive rights to a Phillips head screwdriver.”

The decision is not expected for several months.

API News Your Shouldn’t Miss

2 New APIs

Today we had 2 new APIs added to our API directory including an epub and ebook search service and a bulk sms service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

SamEnrico eBookSamEnrico eBook API: SamEnrico sells digital publications and subscriptions. It also provides an OPDS API that allows users to browse, search, and download eBooks, magazines, and papers for free to the e-reader of their choice. It also allows users to display publications on their websites. OPDS (Open Publication Distribution System) is an open standard for creating catalogs for aggregating, distributing, and discovering e-publications by any user, from any source, in any digital format, and on any device.

SMSAPISMSAPI API: SMSAPI.PL is a Polish based mobile marketing service that aims to both inform customers of company news, as well as provide a bulk sms marketing service. The SMSAPI.PL API, which is available in both REST and SOAP formats allows the integration of SMS notification of any commercially available software, maintenance services, premium rate, and the ability to conduct campaigns in the form of MMS multimedia messages. An account is required with service, and SSL is used for authentication.

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2 Responses to “Today in APIs: HP Drops EC2 API Support, and 2 New APIs”

December 6th, 2013
at 9:06 am
Comment by: Raymond Yee

The news about HP’s dropping support for AWS’s EC2 API raises the question: how robust is the OpenStack ecosystem, specifically in preventing lock-in for customers while providing robust service?

December 6th, 2013
at 10:51 am
Comment by: David Berlind

Good question Raymond. Are you suggesting an OpenStack power play is afoot?

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