Traditional media is going through a major upheaval at present, with paywalls proving an ineffective business model, Amazon chief Bezos buying the Washington Post, viral masters BuzzFeed promising to invest their revenue in investigate reporting, and Netflix overtaking traditional paid cable like HBO in revenue generation. At API Strategy and Practice, Kristin Calhoun from the Public Media Platform talks about how public media partners are using APIs to prepare for the changing landscape.
Seagate want to make it a whole lot easier for developers to invoke storage resources via a new open source API. The providers of magnetic and solid state drives today announced the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform, which provides an API designed to allow applications to interact directly with storage devise without having to directly invoke a file system.
As websites launch and web services scale, having a keen understanding of the traffic load impacts becomes a key issue for many businesses. It is a performance function that has been given front page news exposure this week, with US media reporting on the failure of Federal and State health agency sites to meet online traffic demand for information on new health insurance arrangements. Swedish startup Load Impact – which has just established a US office in San Francisco – provides services to help avoid performance failure caused by traffic surges to websites, or error returns due to high levels of polling to API services.
Developers have consumed APIs as a matter of practice for some time now. It’s second nature. But the flip side–creating an API–is not performed with the same regularity. To some extent, this is changing as more developers become both consumers and providers of APIs. Below you’ll find some tools and services that make the process of creating an API much simpler.
In theory the rise of software-defined networking is supposed to give rise to a new class of applications that will give developers more control over, for example, location-based services. In actual practice no one is quite certain how developer will invoke SDN capabilities, but the folks at Hewlett-Packard are anxious to find out.
A lot of developers just naturally assume their applications will run on Intel x86 server, but following the announcement of a $1 billion investment in building out the ecosystem around Linux running on Power processors IBM is hoping to alter that perception.
Minicloud solves a seemingly intractable conundrum: how do you get the advantages of dedicated hosting without the pricey service and the technical headaches? Minicloud provides unparalleled flexibility, not only in pricing but in a range of features. The Minicloud REST API allows users to modify and terminate those services through third party apps. It joins over 200 APIs focused on hosting in our API directory.
Having acquired Vordel last Fall, Axway has now gotten around to integrating Vordel’s original API Gateway functionality into its existing lineup while also adding some new features such as the ability to automatically scale when deployed on either Amazon (in the cloud) or VMware (on-premises).
Exversion is hoping the need to access wide-ranging open datasets has matured enough to create a viable business as an open data marketplace. Their new Exversion API provides developers with a RESTful interface to search and access the open datasets stored on the Exversion data platform. At present, the API returns queries in JSON or XML format, with full XML support to be provided in the near future.
From lights and switches to people and cars, SmartThings aims at communicating with everyday devices through a smartphone. With the availability of the SmartThings API, developers can add similar functionality with third party applications to create a more automated world. Although SmartThings strongly believes in the power of smart and mobile devices, it believes the inherent intelligence of smart devices will remain limited. Accordingly, SmartThings exists to transfer the “intelligence” of such devices to the application layer, and away from the physical device itself.