Hystrix: it’s the genus name for “Old World” porcupines, and it’s also the latest release from Netflix. But you won’t see it in their catalog of movie and TV titles, and you can’t add it to your queue, because it’s not content–it’s how Netflix makes sure its content is highly available. Now, Netflix has made Hystrix open source, for anyone using Amazon Web Services (AWS) to implement in their own cloud applications. Read on for details on this “resilience engineering” code library.
Google wants to be considered as a serious contender in Cloud Infrastructure space. During Google I/O, it had announced the Google Compute Engine to take Amazon head on in the IaaS segment. Since then, it has rolled out infrastructural improvements and platform features across the entire suite of Google Cloud Platform products ranging from Google Storage, App Engine and more.
MBaaS provides mobile developers with LIBERTY and CONVENIENCE. LIBERTY in the sense of self-determination, control and an independent destiny–they can communicate with, manage, understand and serve their users without being beholden to external influences. An app developer who doesn’t control their users has no independent future. CONVENIENCE is a simple matter of reducing time-to-market, risk and cost of development.
Picture this: you are a city employee in charge of fixing pot holes, or cleaning up illegal dumping. You have a gazzillion requests flooding in from well-meaning citizens just overjoyed to send you a text or a picture or both every time they hit a pot hole. How you gonna deal? The Cityworks API helps manage a city’s assets–when maintenance and replacement needs to be scheduled, and organizing cost-effective inspections and assessments.
When ProgrammableWeb organized a track on social APIs at DataWeek in September, we were delighted to be supported in the effort by Intel. We also invited the company’s Blake Dournaee to give the audience an overview of RESTful API architecture.
CopperEgg, a real-time server monitoring solutions provider, has just announced the availability of the CopperEgg RESTful API, offering the ability to enable software-defined monitoring and highly scalable monitoring deployments.
Alcatel-Lucent, a leading global communications solutions provider and the parent company of ProgrammableWeb, has introduced a suite of nine “New Conversation APIs” that provide developers with easy access to IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) capabilities such as high definition voice and video, audio/video conferencing, interactive voice, messaging and call control. In addition, Alcatel-Lucent has launched a Developer Portal that allows access to the New Conversation APIs and a sandbox for developers to build and test their applications.
While just about everybody would agree that the “Internet of Things” within the context of machine-to-machine (M2M) applications is one of the next big things on the Web, turning that vision into reality has been problematic because of the lack of standards.
A company best known for its tools to help governments open their data now wants to provide the same aid to businesses. Socrata today launched the API Foundary, which can convert Excel spreadsheets (and other data repositories) into customizable APIs. The company will continue to focus on governments, but it also is courting enterprises–or anyone who wants to share data and “mass produce APIs.”
The API ecosystem has doubled in a year, but there are many companies yet to embrace the movement. A new open source management service, apiGrove, aims to ease these businesses into the future. The software is available on GitHub with Alcatel-Lucent (ProgrammableWeb’s parent company) as lead contributor, with support from other influential organizations.