The 6 Requirements of Enterprise-grade OpenStack, Part 1

Introduction OpenStack is an amazing foundation for building an enterprise-grade private cloud. The great OpenStack promise is to be the cloud operating system kernel of a new generation. Unfortunately, OpenStack is not a complete cloud operating system, and while it might become one over time, it’s probably best to look at OpenStack as a kernel, not an OS. [1] In … Continue reading

Today in APIs: Withings API, and 4 New APIs

Blood and oxygen monitoring is available on the newly-released Pulse O2 from Withings. AgeCheq helps API providers comply with child privacy laws. Plus: MEVU’s Bitcoin Wallet makes paying a real gesture, Enterprise Document Viewer’s New API, and 4 new APIs. Withings Launches the Pulse O2 with Blood, Oxygen Monitoring Available with API Withings has updated its successful Pulse activity tacker … Continue reading

AirPair Announces New API Provider Partners in Expert Network

Software developer resource service, AirPair, today announced that 17 new API providers have been added to their trusted partners network. AirPair provides line-by-line code support from leading API developers, using the ‘pair programming’ mentoring technique. The new partnerships mean that AirPair customers will have one-to-one access to some of the most highly skilled API developers working with today’s most popular … Continue reading

Today in APIs: Mapbox adds Smart Directions, and 3 New APIs

Mapbox adds a new navigation service for apps. Cloudwords releases APIs and new machine translation capability. Plus: Convergence Innovation competition winners, CA Technologies simplifies enterprise cloud and mobile delivery, and 3 new APIs. Mapbox Launches Smart Directions to Compete with Google Maps Mapbox has just released Smart Directions, a tool for developers to add detail to maps like terrain, places … Continue reading

Two Breakout API Categories (And Two Slumpers) of 2014

So far more than 650 APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in 2014 and some new trends are starting to emerge. Some recent popular categories remain near the top of the charts. The financial APIs that put APIs in the mainstream continue to expand, adding about 50 new APIs in the first quarter. A few other categories were … Continue reading

NIST’s AppVet Tests Apps for Government Use

The National Institue of Standards and Technology (NIST), has created created AppVet. AppVet is an open-source tool that IT groups can use to test applications for use on government networks. AppVet was designed to easily integrate with third party apps and tools (e.g. antivirus software, analyzers, vulnerability repositories, etc.) through simple APIs. Steve Quirolgico, NIST Computer Scientist, explained: “AppVet improves … Continue reading

ReliefWeb API Provides Access to Historical and Real-Time Humanitarian Data

ReliefWeb, a specialized digital service of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), has announced the release of ReliefWeb API, which provides access to disaster-related data and humanitarian information collected by the UN. The Disaster Tracker prototype application uses the ReliefWeb API. ReliefWeb provides disaster-related data and humanitarian information going back more than 17 years. ReliefWeb … Continue reading

Today in APIs: DPLA Expands Offerings, and 12 New APIs

Digital Public Library of America adds millions of items that can be accessed through its API. Appy Pie releases API for Kindle Fire. Plus: How Apple dodged the Heartbleed virus with the help of an API, GoogolPlex hack for using voice control, and 12 new APIs. DPLA Expands Archives by Millions of Records, Available via API We last covered the … Continue reading

Developers Emerge as Kingmakers of IT in the Cloud Era

While there’s no doubt that the influence of developers has never been greater, a debate is starting to emerge concerning how much power developers now wield across the enterprise. At the Red Hat 2014 Summit last week, Deepak Advani, IBM general manager for cloud and smarter infrastructure, told attendees that developers are now the kingmakers of enterprise IT. To back … Continue reading

Amazon’s commandments

  All teams will henceforth expose their data and functionality through service interfaces. Teams must communicate with each other through these interfaces. There will be no other form of inter-process communication allowed: no direct linking, no direct reads of another team’s data store, no shared-memory model, no back-doors whatsoever. The only communication allowed is via service interface calls over the … Continue reading