RESTing on the Cloud with Open APIs

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The benefits of Cloud Computing are as varied as there are nebular formations. Introduced by Amazon and still in its infancy, the technology has been met with some skepticism, but has quickly begun to prove beneficial due to its sheer agility and elasticity, benefiting developers and deployers alike. Like most new waves of technology, cloud computing is starting small and simple...perhaps too simple, you might ask? Tim Bray, Distinguished Engineer and Director of Web Technologies--as well as a very pleasant Canadian--doesn't think so. He's been working on a crisp, clear, easy-to-use API for creating and managing network, compute, and storage resources within the Sun Cloud and believes that it's the very simplicity of the technology that makes it so irresistible and loaded with potential, claiming, "you gotta start small...if it works, you don't have to worry about it growing, it'll grow alright...but you gotta start small."

Listen as Sun's Sr. VP Global Systems Engineering, Hal Stern, interviews Tim to discuss how Sun is open sourcing its APIs and hear why Tim very comfortably states that, "the world is unfolding and it's a fun time to be in this business."

Hal and Tim also talked "aboot":

  • what Sun unveiled at the CommunityOne East conference in NY
  • Sun's Cloud: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • elastic/programmatic provisioning
  • RESTful and Programmatic APIs
  • publishing the API under a Creative-Commons license
  • Sun Cloud supports Java, Python, Ruby, plus many other languages

    To get connected on this open source project, visit the Project Kenai community website to contribute and participate.

    Links:
    Tim Bray's Blog
    Transcript


  • Comments:

    Hi, Just another effort for a RESTful API for Clouds: http://www.occi-wg.org.

    Posted by Thijs Metsch on April 23, 2009 at 08:02 PM PDT #

    Thanks for the link Thijs! Are you in touch with Tim Bray or Project Kenai? You might want to check out http://kenai.com/, too, if you haven't already.
    Cheers.

    Posted by Marianne on April 24, 2009 at 03:24 AM PDT #

    :-) I have! And it also looks great!

    Posted by Thijs Metsch on April 26, 2009 at 05:09 PM PDT #

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