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The What, Why, and How of APIs By Kameerath Kareem For over a decade, Application Programming Interface or APIs have been used to exchange data between multiple platforms. From social media to news and media sites, most websites depend on APIs to provide a dynamic and real-time digital experience. APIs have made its way into almost every device and service available today and it continues to spur innovations in every field of technology. There are multiple programming languages used to build and run applications in the online world. And just like every other language, there is always the need for an interpreter when trying to communicate with someone who doesn’t speak the same language as you.  This is where APIs come into play, APIs act like the interpreter helping different independent services interact and interpret the data shared with each other. APIs Everywhe... (more)

How to Avoid Cloud Fatigue | @CloudExpo #CloudNative #Serverless #AI #DX

Understanding Cloud Complexities and Avoiding "Cloud Fatigue" We're seeing an emerging trend in the cloud computing world. I've been referring to it as cloud fatigue, but it's more commonly known as repatriation, or moving workloads from the cloud back to on-prem locations. According to a recent 451 Research report, over 21 percent of organizations have plans to pull back from the cloud and return to an on-prem infrastructure in 2017. Considering the vast growth of cloud adoption over the last several years, what's behind this trend? We believe cloud fatigue is the result of deployments going awry. It usually happens when companies quickly adopt one of the leading public cloud platforms (Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, etc.) because they're attracted to the promises of ease-of-use, flexibility and low computing costs. What happens next depends on a myriad of f... (more)

[slides] Risk Tree API | @CloudExpo @TwistlockTeam #DevOps #AI #DX #API

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Risk Tree API: Expose Your Vulnerabilities Vulnerability management is vital for large companies that need to secure containers across thousands of hosts, but many struggle to understand how exposed they are when they discover a new high security vulnerability. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Kevin Lewis, Principal Solution Architect at Twistlock, addressed  this pressing concern by introducing the concept of the "Vulnerability Risk Tree API," which brings all the data together in a simple REST endpoint, allowing companies to easily grasp the severity of the vulnerability. He provided attendees with actionable advice related to understanding and acting on exposure due to new high severity vulnerabilities. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Speaker Bio Kevin Lewis is a Principal Solut... (more)

Data Lake and APIs | @CloudExpo #API #AI #ML #DX #CloudNative #DataLake

The Omnipresent World of APIs These days, APIs have become an integral part of the digital transformation journey for all enterprises. Every digital innovation story is connected to APIs . But have you ever pondered over to know what are the source of these APIs? Let me explain - APIs sources can be varied, internal or external, solving different purposes, but mostly categorized into the following two categories: Data lakes is a term used to represent disconnected but relevant data that are used by various business units within an enterprise.  APIs are created as the easy access points for these siloed data lakes. These days, organizations put in  conscious efforts in designing meaningful and pragmatic APIs for all the apps that get developed internally.  API-First or API Driven Development, where APIs are the first app artifacts to be generated, are adapted by ent... (more)

[slides] Multi-Cloud Adoption | @CloudExpo @Cloudyn_Buzz #SDN #DevOps

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Plotting the Best Course Around Multi-Cloud Adoption Up until last year, enterprises that were looking into cloud services usually undertook a long-term pilot with one of the large cloud providers, running test and dev workloads in the cloud. With cloud's transition to mainstream adoption in 2015, and with enterprises migrating more and more workloads into the cloud and in between public and private environments, the single-provider approach must be revisited. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Yoav Mor, multi-cloud solution evangelist at Cloudyn, examinee the risks of sourcing IT resources from a single cloud service vendor, as well as the benefits to be reaped by adopting multi-cloud strategies. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Main takeaways: Lock-in, pace of innovation, pricing fluctuations, and other limitin... (more)

[session] Introduction to Node-RED | @ThingsExpo @IBMcloud #AI #IoT #M2M #API #Sensors

Introduction to Node-RED In his session at @ThingsExpo, Greg Gorman is the Director, IoT Developer Ecosystem, Watson IoT, will provide a short tutorial on Node-RED, a Node.js-based programming tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways. It provides a browser-based editor that makes it easy to wire together flows using a wide range of nodes in the palette that can be deployed to its runtime in a single-click. There is a large library of contributed nodes that help solve many challenges, and anyone can contribute back new nodes or join the Node-RED project and help out! Speaker Bio Greg Gorman is the Director, IoT Developer Ecosystem, Watson IoT. His team creates and runs programs targeted directly to developers and large ecosystems around silicon vendors, board manufacturers, universities and software communities... (more)

Private Cloud the Migration Path | @CloudExpo ##CloudNative #DevOps #DX #DataCenter

Is Hosted Private Cloud the Migration Path Less Taken? If you read a lot of business and technology publications, you might think public clouds are universally preferred over all other cloud options. To be sure, the numbers posted by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft's Azure platform are nothing short of impressive. Statistics reveal that public clouds are growing faster than private clouds and analysts at IDC predict that public cloud growth will be 3 times that of private clouds by 2019. However, recent Forrester research shows that migration to a Hosted Private Cloud is still a leading component of a Hybrid IT strategy for many organizations: "Hosted private cloud adoption rose significantly between 2015 and 2016 in North America (28% to 33%). . . . Among all cloud adopters and planners, 36% state that hosted private cloud is - or will be - their primary clo... (more)

Legacy Modernization and Cloud | @CloudExpo #API #CloudNative #Agile #DX

Legacy Modernization: Look to the Cloud and Open Systems By Craig Marble, Sr. Director, Legacy Modernization Services, Astadia If you are thinking about moving applications off a mainframe and over to open systems and the cloud, consider these guidelines to prioritize what to move and what to eliminate. On the surface, mainframe architecture seems relatively simple: A centrally located computer processes data through an input/output subsystem and stores its computations in memory. At the other end of the mainframe are printers and terminals that communicate with the mainframe through protocols. For all of its apparent simplicity, mainframe architecture can be extraordinarily complex. Mainframes process thousands of transactions per second and require an extensive infrastructure to house and maintain them. The hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of terminals (think of a ban... (more)

API Testing Trends | @CloudExpo #IoT #API #DevOps #AI #DX #SmartCities

Five Major API Development and Testing Trends By Robert Schneider I've been designing, developing, and testing APIs for many years, and I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed just about every type of API initiative. Although many aspects of the API lifecycle are the same as they've always been, over the past couple of years I've noticed a number of distinct trends that are revolutionizing the ways these critical assets are conceived and evaluated. In this blog post, I'll tell you about five noteworthy transformations that are exceptionally significant, and how they will likely impact your daily work responsibilities and longer-term career. Business-driven API design and development. In years past, APIs - and the teams that built them - were largely viewed as peripheral concerns for the IT organization. That couldn't be further from the truth now. Because APIs ... (more)

The Digital API Value Chain By @AkanaInc | @CloudExpo #API #IoT #M2M #Microservices

Be the Disruptor - The Digital API Value Chain There will be 150 billion connected devices by 2020. New digital businesses have already disrupted value chains across every industry. APIs are at the center of the digital business. You need to understand what assets you have that can be exposed digitally, what their digital value chain is, and how to create an effective business model around that value chain to compete in this economy. No enterprise can be complacent and not engage in the digital economy. Learn how to be the disruptor and not the disruptee. In her General Session at 16th Cloud Expo, Laura Heritage, Director of API Strategy at Akana, will discuss: The API value chain What to consider in creating a business model Type of business models and examples Speaker Bio Laura Heritage is a Director of API Strategy at Akana. In this role, she works with customers... (more)

Security as an Advantage | @CloudExpo @GlobalSign #BigData #IoT #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 her session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lila Kee, Chief Product Officer for GlobalSign, discussed security best practices for cloud-based service providers and how a superior user experience - backed by security features - will enable business growth and reduce customer churn. Download Slide Deck: ▸... (more)