There’s a lot of focus these days on securing applications and the devices that consume them. But when it comes to all the layers of software in between that enable all the applications to be consumed, security has largely been an oversight.
APImetrics’ second API Performance Report highlights the importance of considering end-user location and intended platform before selecting a cloud services provider. Facebook’s performance was affected by the September outages, which put it behind Twitter and Tumblr for speed and reliability.
Moving to expand the reach of its API footprint in the cloud, IBM today announced the availability of an open beta for BlueMix. BlueMix is a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering that is based on the Cloud Foundry framework that IBM decided to support last year. IBM also announced the acquisition of Cloudant, a provider of a NoSQL database-as-a-service (DBaaS) platform.