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“new” Cloud API
September 23, 2009 at 12:06 pm #81226
The Simple Cloud API is here to bring cloud technologies to PHP and the PHP philosophy to the cloud. With it, developers can start writing scalable and highly available applications that are still portable. If you’re looking for code to start playing around with immediately, you’ll find the first file storage, document storage, and simple queue interfaces with adapters for major cloud vendors here.
But this project is about more than just code. Zend has once again invited the open source community and software vendor of all sizes in to a dialogue that benefits all. And this time we’re working with the companies that are leading the cloud revolution.
In the coming months, we’ll work together to define cloud APIs that make it much easier to write applications that will not only be deployed on the cloud, but built for the cloud.
Welcome to a simpler cloud.
For project launch, the Simple Cloud API consists of three smaller APIs:
* File Storage, such as Rackspace Cloud Files, Windows Azure Blob Storage, Amazon S3, and Nirvanix
* Document Storage, such as Amazon SimpleDB and Windows Azure Table Storage
* Simple Queues, such as Windows Azure Table Storage and Amazon SQS
Each of these services has been designed to be simple, yet powerful. And when you’d like to access a vendor-specific feature, Zend Framework’s native client libraries have you covered.
Commentary from the google cloud News Group
PHP/Zend, Microsoft, IBM, Rackspace, GoGrid and Nirvanix have launched a new low level cloud API for PHP called the “Simple Cloud API”. The API can best be described as low level storage focused API (An API for other API’s). In a sense it’s a way to create other higher level programmatic API interfaces such as REST or SOAP using an easy, yet portable PHP programming environment. The Simple API allows you to easily interact with a variety of cloud interfaces including support for File Storage, Document Storage, and Simple Queue services. The Simple Cloud API is not a web service; it is an API that exposes common operations in application services offered by different vendors, making it easier for PHP developers to build ‘cloud native’ applications.
According to the website, “The Simple Cloud API is here to bring cloud technologies to PHP and the PHP philosophy to the cloud. With it, developers can start writing scalable and highly available applications that are still portable. If you’re looking for code to start playing around with immediately, you’ll find the first file storage, document storage, and simple queue interfaces.”
Interestingly the goal of API is not be a standard, but instead to foster an open source community that makes it easier for developers to use cloud application services by abstracting insignificant API differences. Another goal of this initiative is to define interfaces to be implemented as a new Zend Framework component called ‘Zend_Cloud’. The Zend Framework will provide a repository of php appplication to host code for the Zend_Cloud.
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