Era of Cloud APIs Here to Stay: Rapid Launches Open New Opportunities

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Cloud APIs are now considered as heart and soul for cloud functionality. The rise in DevOps automation and rapid adoption of microservices by enterprises have forced companies such as Google and Kong to launch novel, more effective API platforms.

If you stop and look back at those technologies that now are at the focal point of software development, you would realize that APIs have surely evolved beyond its first application programming interfaces (APIs) emerged into 1960s. The most sought-after type of APIs is cloud API that enables the development of applications and services–that later used for the provisioning of cloud software, hardware, and platforms. Moreover, cloud APIs act as an interface to develop as well as execute applications and various services regardless of the operating system the developer is using. Thus, cloud APIs have gained tremendous importance across industry verticals as a vital part of the integration phase.

According to the research firm, the global cloud API market is projected to reach $1.78 billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of 20.3% from 2019 to 2026. A rise in cloud computing adoption improved operational efficiency and DevOps automation, and growing adoption of microservice by organizations would be the major drivers. Moreover, rapid launches from various companies are expected to open new opportunities.

Kong launches fully managed API platform

Kong, an open-source platform developer, recently announced to launch new Kong Cloud service and it could deploy it to virtually different major cloud platforms such as Azure, Google Cloud, and AWS. Using Kong Cloud, the company could monitor and manage the service by offering enterprise an end-to-end API platform and developer portal. The company is expected to handle updates and other operating tasks.

Kong’s CEO and Co-Founder, Augusto Marietti, stated that customers running Kong Enterprise on-prem and self-managed often run it multi-cloud. They run it from AWS to Google Cloud, Pivotal Cloud Foundry, and Azure. However, very few of them have a massive engineering organization and thus Kong multi-cloud offers a managed version that can run on any cloud.

Google launched API monitoring service

Google has invested big bucks in API management when it acquired Apigee and recently it has announced the new extensions that could make it easier to integrate the service with Google’s number of cloud services. This new API monitoring service would enable operation teams to gain more insight into how their APIs are performing. Moreover, the aim is to make it simpler for the developers to understand the issues and its root cause by giving them very granular data.

According to Ed Anuff, Google’s product and strategy lead to the service, stated, “APIs now contribute to how companies do their business, which increased the need for API monitoring.” The API is available as a beta to all the Apigee customers.

Prior to this, Google had launched a cloud API that focuses to address interoperability challenges in the healthcare industry. Cloud Healthcare API was said to be an open-source tool developed to help healthcare providers to gather and manage different types of medical data via cloud such as Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standards.

In today’s world, working, programming, and operating in the cloud is mandatory and working on API is inevitable. As APIs are now a cornerstone of the cloud architecture, new developments, innovations, and launches are bound to happen. The era of cloud API has just begun and the world has to see a lot more, for sure!

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