In our most recent post in a short series, we began to look at why and how the model of the invisible Internet is changing to support new usage and business models in the visible Internet.
We think of Apigee Platform as analogous to a Cisco switch for today’s Internet traffic - replacing traditional switching software as the backbone and traffic cop for the modern WAN, and in some ways also acting as an “application server in the cloud”. So what are the traits of this modern “application” switching system?
This article by Lori MacVittie of F5 makes some good points that whoever becomes the de facto API in cloud infrastructure might win - and goes as far to say that the API replaces the CLI.
Generally agree but might take it a step further.
Just as we drove a 'de facto' standard CLI at Cisco, de facto standard "infrastructure APIs" likely will emerge. (Already seeing this happening with the AWS API)
But APIs represent a significant evolution. Why? CLI commands and output are unstructured. API commands and output are...