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Cloud APIs and Frameworks
John Considine, CEO of Cloudswitch, proclaimed that APIs “can give a good indication of what is going on inside the cloud.” He maintains that even with the proliferation of cloud consoles and cloud applications by third-parties, the foundation of sound cloud computing is still based on having solid APIs (Application Programming Interface).
Considine mentioned that even with the emerging cloud standards, there is still a degree of difference among clouds. He believes that because of these differences, APIs have to “cover a lot more.”
Meanwhile, iGate also mentioned about Cloud APIs. In its blog it said that one of the challenges posed by cloud computing is to address customers’ concern of being locked into a service contract with a cloud vendor. Since each cloud vendor has a unique API which it uses in interacting with cloud services, it sees the need for standardization. The iGate blog maintains that APIs need to be ratified and made available to the public “under very liberal licenses.”
iGate further asserts that aside from standardization and APIs being ratified, frameworks can offer “abstraction of the Cloud API.” It maintains that frameworks allow for “seamless management of multiple Cloud environments without changing the application code.” The blog outlines that using these frameworks will allow for new levels of automation.
During the Cloud Expo Europe held in June last year, Steven Willmott of 3 scale networks said APIs are the glue of cloud computing. In his presentation, Willmott noted megatrends that show: a) more and more data and services are getting under the umbrella of cloud computing, b) that applications are getting connected, and, c) that the web application playbook is being rewritten by mobile and HTML5.
Because of these megatrends, Willmott thinks that web applications will be “turned upside-down” and “hyper-integrate” the Web. He also thinks that key platforms will emerge out of these trends. Just like Considine and iGate, Willmott thinks that frameworks are necessary for these things to happen.