Solo.io Emerges From Stealth to Help Enterprises Move Quickly to Cloud Native Technologies While Protecting Existing Application

Solo.io, the software company that helps enterprises adopt and operate innovative cloud native technologies, formally launched and unveiled its newest product: Gloo Enterprise (GlooE), an enterprise grade API gateway based on Solo.io's popular open source Gloo project. GlooE is designed to bring enterprise users to the forefront of modern technologies at the pace that best fits them and supports them in maintaining a competitive edge as new technologies emerge. The company also announced an $11 million Series A funding round led by Redpoint Ventures.

"Helping enterprises easily adopt innovative technologies like microservices, serverless and service mesh is our goal at Solo.io," said Idit Levine, founder and CEO of Solo.io. "Melding different technologies into one coherent environment, by supplying a suite of tools to route, debug, manage, monitor and secure applications, lets organizations focus on their software without worrying about the complexity of the underlying environment."

Cloud computing APIs pose vendor lock-in risks

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: David Linthicum.

 Organizations migrating to the cloud likely understand the importance of application programming interfaces. These are typically RESTful web services that provide infrastructure services, such as storage and compute, or application services, such as business analytics.   But as more enterprises depend on these application programming interfaces (APIs), some fear they will become locked into these services.

Business processes and applications become tightly coupled to cloud computing APIs, becoming functionally dependent and, eventually, leading to lock-in.  Many of these fears are well-founded. Building applications around cloud-native services and APIs that are specific to a certain cloud provider or platform is the fundamental mechanism behind cloud lock-in. So why use cloud-native services at all?...

New Collaborative Project to Extend Swagger Specification for Building Connected Applications and Services

Grazed from The Linux Foundation.

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today is announcing the Open API Initiative. Founding members of the Open API Initiative include 3Scale, Apigee, Capital One, Google, IBM, Intuit, Microsoft, PayPal, Restlet and SmartBear.

The Initiative will extend the Swagger specification and format to create an open technical community within which members can easily contribute to building a vendor neutral, portable and open specification for providing metadata for RESTful APIs. This open specification will allow both humans and computers to discover and understand the capabilities of the respective services with a minimal amount of implementation logic. The Initiative will also promote and facilitate the adoption and use of an open API standard.  


New Plugin for Ready! API Integrates with Amazon API Gateway Released by SmartBear

Grazed from SmartBear Software.

SmartBear Software, a leader in software quality tools for the connected world, released a new plugin for Ready! API that integrates with Amazon API Gateway. The new plugin allows API consumers and testers to read an API from Amazon API Gateway and quickly generate a test framework based on the API service description. Amazon API Gateway, a fully managed service that makes it easy for developers to create, publish, maintain, monitor and secure APIs at any scale, offers all the power of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) stack with an affordable pay-as-you-go model. Ready! API is one of the most popular platforms for ensuring API quality.

“The Amazon API Gateway is the perfect fit for Ready! API, offering powerful capabilities within an affordable framework and an ecosystem of open source tooling like the Swagger Importer,” said John Purcell, Vice President of Products, API Readiness at SmartBear. “We’re excited to extend that power to our customers, allowing them to import an API for testing and virtualization as well as easily deploy new APIs to Amazon API Gateway.”

Using Storage APIs and Creating the Kinetic Cloud

Grazed from DataCenterKnowledge. Author: Bill Kleyman.

Recently, Seagate announced a revolutionary way applications are going to communicate with their storage and resource back-end. According to Rocky Pimentel, Seagate executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer, “With the Seagate Kinetic Open Storage platform, our internal R&D teams have designed an unique, first-of-its-kind storage architecture to enable cheaper, more scalable object storage solutions that free up IT professionals from having to invest in hardware and software they don’t need, while empowering them with the most innovative storage technology available.

This technology optimizes storage solutions for a new era of cloud storage systems, while drastically reducing overall costs.” So what does this all really mean? Well, the reality here is that infrastructure, applications, and the cloud are becoming a lot more intelligent. Just like the modern hypervisor for virtualization, we are trying to eliminate extra resources hops between our workloads and the resources that they utilize...

Swagger 2.0 Connects APIs and Cloud Services

Grazed from Dr.Dobbs. Author: Adrian Bridgwater.

Reverb Technologies has announced its Swagger 2.0 API interface and coordinated one of the "largest ever" open standards workgroups in the API space, combining contributions from nearly 500 companies. "Swagger effectively solves the age-old challenge of machine-to-machine communication, which has become increasingly complicated with cloud computing," claims the company.

With Swagger, developers can connect mobile devices to literally thousands of Swagger-enabled web services. The Swagger specification, first released in late 2010 by Wordnik (a property of Reverb) has been the most successful API interface effort to date. Historically, WSDL, WADL, and WADL 2.0 aimed to perform similar tasks but (says Reverb) were "plagued with complexity" — and had limited adoption across different programming languages and frameworks...

API Compatibility War Validates Abstraction Approach to Cloud Computing

Grazed from DataCenterKnowledge. Author: Pete Johnson.

As you may know, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that Oracle can copyright the Java API and Google violated that copyright by creating software that is API compatible. This has huge impact across the entire software world, but in particular with cloud computing where the APIs are used to provision resources on demand.

This development sheds light on the desire for users to avoid lock-in and have the ability to more freely move applications between clouds, which can be done more easily with API compatibility. But it also sheds light on the alternative of an abstraction approach that frees cloud vendors to innovate beyond borders imposed by API compatibility while giving users the portability they seek...

Navigating the Cloud API with IT Vendors

Grazed from MidsizeInsider. Author: Daniel Cawrey.

IT solutions have always gone through some degree of customization, and the cloud application programming interface (API) is an up-to-date example of this. Software-based solutions for IT infrastructure mean that vendors must offer increased flexibility. A recent article on ZDNet notes the ease of using cloud API.

As is par for the course, technology for businesses continually changes. Cloud computing allows vendors to sell IT prepackaged services with a different type of delivery. Midsize organizations often have the upper hand with cloud vendors. Options have increased, and cloud software has become more powerful than ever before...

Apprenda APIs Enable Private PaaS Deployments to Dynamically Scale

Grazed from ProgrammableWeb. Author: Michael Vizard.

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. As a (PaaS) offering that can be deployed on premise or in the cloud, Rakesh Malhotra, vice president of product for Apprenda, says version 5.0 of the company’s namesakes PaaS offering is the first PaaS environment that provides an API through which developers can dynamically control how IT resources are consumed across a hybrid cloud computing environment...

Backupify opens cloud-to-cloud backup API to SaaS developers

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Heather Clancy.

Backupify is building on its success with cloud-to-cloud backup and recovery services for Google Apps and Salesforce.com by opening up its application programming interfaces (APIs) so that other software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers can create similar solutions.

The Backupify Developer Platform, which has been in a beta test since earlier this year, is designed to let SaaS providers add backup features to their services in a matter of hours without requiring custom code. The backups are encrypted to the level of Backupify's own services...