HP Opens Store to Drive SDN Application Adoption

Michael Vizard, October 1st, 2013

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.

IBM Invests $1 Billion to Drum Up Demand of Power Linux

Michael Vizard, September 18th, 2013

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: Democratizing the Web with Flexible Hosting Options

Greg Bates, September 11th, 2013

MiniCloud 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.

New Axway Suite Includes Vordel API Gateway, On-Prem and In-Cloud Load Balancing

David Berlind, September 6th, 2013

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).

Accessing Open Data via APIs: Never Mind the App, Is There a Market for That?

Mark Boyd, September 4th, 2013

ExversionExversion 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.

SmartThings API Enables Apps to Control the Physical World Around Us

Eric Carter, August 27th, 2013

SmartThingsFrom 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.

Firebase Leaves Beta Behind and Launches Production Ready Service

Eric Carter, August 19th, 2013

FirebaseFirebase, real-time backend for web application development, originally launched a little over a year ago. Since its launch, Firebase has remained in beta while it continued to improve its service and build a customer base. Over the past year, Firebase has added features, functionality, and thousands of customers. Accordingly, Firebase has announced it is leaving its beta stages behind and publically launching as a full-fledged paid product.

GM Finds New Roads with Curated App Store, More Changes Down the Track

Greg Bates, August 9th, 2013

General MotorsVery little has been happening on the GM API front lately beyond plans for connected cars announced in January. But that quiet period could signal the retooling before the storm. Programmableweb’s Janet Wagner wrote a three-part series earlier in June, making it clear that changes are coming from every auto manufacturer. One indication: our API directory lists 17 APIs under “vehicle.” The GM APIs cover features everyone would expect, from audio streaming to location data. But GM’s plans extend far beyond that.

The Abacus OS: Serving Up APIs and Servers to Make Apps You Can Count on

Greg Bates, August 6th, 2013

Clickslide makes a head-turning claim: its Abacus is the “First operating system for IoT”, the Internet of Things. Then there’s another show stopper: no coding required.

Interview with 3scale CEO Steve Willmott: The Case for Out-of-the-Box API Management Tools

Greg Bates, August 5th, 2013

3scale Service ManagementIn this final part of a 3 part interview series, Steve Willmott, CEO of 3scale, an Apigee competitor, gives his take on the API space and what Apigee’s $35 million round of funding signals. This follows part 1, Interview with Apigee CEO Chet Kapoor on its $35 Million Funding Round, and part 2, Interview with Promod Haque, Norwest Venture Partners: Apigee, the API Economy and “Sticky Infrastructure”. As noted previously, some questions overlap intentionally, in order to get different views on an issue.

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