With the formal launch this week of the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud a new era of in-memory computing is about to become a lot more accessible. According to Professor Hasso Plattner, chairman of the SAP supervisory board, HANA in the cloud will give IT organizations access to a platform that essentially eliminates the need for batch processing in favor of a model where all applications are run in real time.
FoxWeave, data migration and synchronization platform, allows developers to provide FoxWeave functionality in third party apps via the FoxWeave API. FoxWeave syncs beyond cloud storage providers. Rather, FoxWeave syncs data from apps, databases, on-premise storage, cloud storage, email accounts, and more. The FoxWeave API enables developers to decide where the best single point of synchronization makes sense for an individual or business entity.
Even to the most casual observer it’s pretty apparent that developers will be accessing ever increasingly larger amounts of data via an API. The challenge is finding the right cloud-based platform capable of facilitating the integration of all that data at acceptable performance levels.
BlockAvenue, location-based analytics company, has announced the release of its first BlockAvenue API. The API gives developers access to BlockAvenue’s data (e.g. BlockScores, block reviews, neighborhood reviews, counts, etc.). BlockAvenue provides geolocation data on most neighborhoods across the US, often down to the block level. Its database grows everyday and BlockAvenue expects the API to push BlockAvenue towards its ultimate goal.
Sociocast raised $1 million in funding from New York’s Raptor Ventures, bringing its total to nearly $6 million. As CEO and founder Albert Azout told Sean Ludwig at Venturebeat, the Prediction API is useful to advertising, social and gaming, retail, finance and government.
Business Profiles, online database of business registration information, provides access to its massive database via the Business Profiles API. The database contains business registrations (e.g. corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, etc.) and additional data on shareholders, directors, public filings, and more.
Elsten software, digital music organizer, has announced OneMusicAPI. Proclaimed to be “OneMusicAPI to rule them all,” the API acts as a music metadata aggregator that pulls from multiple sources across the web through a single interface. Elsten founder and OneMusicAPI creator, Dan Gravell, found keeping pace with constant changes from individual sources became too tedious a process to adequately organize music.
In Spring 2011, the New York Public Library (NYPL) launched one of the largest culinary data projects of all time: What’s on the Menu?. The NYPL maintains one of the world’s largest menu collections (around 45,000 menus dating back to the 1840s). The project aims to ease searching through this massive dataset. In simplifying menu search, What’s on the Menu launched the first NYPL public API.
IKANOW, open source big data platform provider, has released a Developer API. Much in line with the company’s broader mission and message, the goal of the API showcases focus and simplicity: “[M]ake it simple for developers to gather, harvest and enrich a diverse array of structured and unstructured datasources and build compelling data driven applications.” IKANOW built the Developer API on its Infinit.e platform (i.e. its flagship analytics product).
Nature Publishing Group (NPG), leading publisher of high impact scientific and medical information, has launched the OpenSearch API that provides an open, bibliographic search service for nature.com. The API grants developers access to over half a million research articles.