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There’s a tendency, particularly for networkers, to classify applications by the protocols they use. If it uses HTTP, it must be a web app. The thing is that HTTP has become what it was intended to be: a transport protocol. It is not an application protocol, in the sense that it defines application messages and states. It merely transports data in a very specific way. That’s particularly important in the age of the API and, increasingly, the age of things that might be using APIs. You see, APIs are primarily data centric constructs while web pages (think any HTML-based app) are document centric constructs. Data centric constructs tend to exchange, well, data. And document centric constructs… yes, exchange documents. Both might use HTTP as a mechanism to do that, but the actual payload carried differs dramatically. That’s because data centric constructs are concerned... (more)

LeaseWeb to Exhibit at @CloudExpo | @LeaseWebUSA #IoT #DataCenter

SYS-CON Events announced today that LeaseWeb USA, a cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. LeaseWeb is one of the world's largest hosting brands. The company helps customers define, develop and deploy IT infrastructure tailored to their exact business needs, by combining various kinds cloud solutions. These solutions are backed by 24/7 support and connected to one of the largest, most reliable networks in the world, b... (more)

Cloud Computing vs Hyperconvergence | @CloudExpo #SDS #Cloud #Storage

The next generation of platforms is here with options in both cloud and on premises hyperconverged infrastructure. As IT departments look to move beyond traditional virtualization into cloud and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) platforms, they have a lot to consider. There are many types of organizations with different IT needs and it is important to determine whether those needs align more cloud or HCI. Before I dig into the differences, let me go over the similarities. Both cloud and HCI tend to offer a similar user experience highlighted by ease of use and simplicity. One ... (more)

Security as an Advantage | @CloudExpo #BigData #IoT #M2M #API #InfoSec

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here How Cloud-Based Service Providers Can Use Security as an Advantage Identity is in everything and customers are looking to their providers to ensure the security of their identities, transactions and data. With the increased reliance on cloud-based services, service providers must build security and trust into their offerings, adding value to customers and improving the user experience. Making identity, security and privacy easy for customers provides a unique advantage over the competition. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In ... (more)

An Introduction to RESTful APIs | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #RESTful

REST 101: An Introduction to RESTful APIs By Ryan Pinkham Imagine if every PhD dissertation resulted in something that changed the world? That's what happened when Roy Fielding presented his doctoral dissertation on the "representational state transfer" at University of California-Irvine in 2000. This dissertation laid the groundwork for the staggering growth of RESTful web services, which have reshaped how organizations deploy and utilize APIs. In fact, today 70% of public APIs depend on REST services. In our newest infographic, we take a look at the language, properties, and ... (more)

Security Considerations for API Testing | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #Security

Eight Security Considerations for API Testing By Cameron Laird It seems like every day we see reminders of the importance of thorough security testing from all areas of the software world. Security has become an especially critical consideration for APIs in recent years. Organizations rely on APIs to share and receive information - either from a third party or between internal applications - so the level of security between these applications is critical for anyone who uses them. Earlier this year, SmartBear Software released the results of its State of API 2016 Report, which fou... (more)