While there’s a lot of chest-thumping going on over who has the biggest cloud, there’s no doubt that IBM suddenly has a lot of momentum following its acquisition of SoftLayer. Amazon Web Services (AWS) remains the largest public cloud service by far in terms of the pure number of virtual machines. But when you consider more than just infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) in the cloud, IBM claims to have generated $4.4 billion in revenue across a cloud ecosystem that includes SoftLayer, 150 software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications and a vast array of cloud consulting services.
Diffbot has just announced the release of brand new client libraries for 35+ different programming languages. The company now provides developers client libraries for the Diffbot API in the most-used programming languages as well as languages that are not as common.
Although the acquisition of Autonomy by Hewlett-Packard may go down as one of the most questionable financial transactions in the history of IT, the core search and indexing technology that Autonomy developed is emerging as the lynchpin of a new set of API services that HP intends to expose to application developers.
When it comes to APIs there’s no shortage of information or, for that matter, opinions. In the hopes of bringing some clarity to that discussion, 3Scale has launched API Alchemy, a portal through which developers and other interested parties can discover relevant API content that has been vetted by the API management platform provider.
Service Objects, real-time contact validation service provider, announced its new product today: DOTS Address Detective. Address Detective examines incomplete address information and uses existing data to rectify and salvage the data. Given the data-crawling nature of the new product, Address Detective seems an excellent candidate to integrate via an API. To explore this concept, PW caught up with Service Objects CEO, Geoff Grow, to explore.
The emergence of platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings as a foundation to build applications in a way that abstracts traditional middleware is proving to be a boon for developers in the age of the cloud. The challenge is that there is no such thing as a single cloud. The cloud actually consists of a mix of programmable platforms that lie both inside and out of the traditional enterprise. Apprenda wants to make it easier to invoke those cloud resources with the inclusion of an API that allows developers to dynamically scale resources in response to user traffic demands or a specific policy requirement within the PaaS environment.
Fantasy football leagues have added a new dimension to watching National Football League (NFL) games. In fact, fantasy football has become so popular that NFL.com is applying its considerable online resources to make sure that fantasy football is played on its own site rather than on any of a hundred others.
GE Software plans to publish APIs that allow developers to add value to the Predix platform that the industrial giant has created to manage the broad range of equipment it builds and services as part of a platform it calls the industrial Internet.
The line between what constitutes a platform versus an application is getting more blurry with each passing day. Applications are increasingly coming complete with SDKs that provide developers with access to APIs through which they can extend the application. Case in point is Decisyon, which recently launched a Decisyon 360 collaborative decision making (CDM) environment that makes extensive use of RESTful APIs and Web Services that are exposed via an SDK.