Oracle Extends API Management Reach in the Cloud

At the Oracle OpenWorld 2014 conference today, Oracle made a major thrust toward bridging the gap between enterprise IT systems and mobile applications with the preview of Mobile Application Accelerator, a rapid application development tool, and the launch of a new cloud integration service.

Via a new Oracle Integration Cloud Service, Oracle Cloud Adapters and an Oracle Cloud Adapter Software Development Kit (SDK), the company now provides multichannel delivery of applications and services across mobile, Web, B2B and cloud applications using new API management capabilities, REST APIs and JSON adapters, says Thomas Kurian, executive vice president for product development.

As part of that offering, Kurian says, Oracle provides complete API life cycle management, including definition, creation, publishing, security, monitoring and management of APIs across private, public and hybrid clouds.

At the same time, Oracle also previewed Mobile Application Accelerator, which is designed to enable end users to create their own applications by invoking Oracle cloud services that are exposed via RESTful APIs. The Mobile Application Accelerator is an extension of the Oracle Mobile Application Framework, which will be made available as a service on the Oracle Mobile Cloud.

Via RESTful APIs, Kurian says, Oracle will give “citizen developers” access to a broad range of back-end services, including the ability to access legacy Web services via a SOAP connector, using an Oracle Mobile Application Framework Composer using visual and declarative programming tools.

Oracle is also making available a container that can be used to secure those applications regardless of the mobile computing platform they happen to be running on, and Kurian says all the mobile and Web applications developed on Oracle platforms share access to the same single sign-on services.

Finally, Oracle also announced today that is formally making available an Oracle Java Cloud service based on the Oracle WebLogic application server and Oracle Database Cloud, an instance of the company’s RDBMs running on cloud infrastructure running on Oracle infrastructure.

The goal behind all these efforts, says Kurian, is to leverage Oracle Fusion middleware inside and out of the cloud to make it simpler for IT organizations to move application workloads not only into the cloud, but back out again as they see fit.

By leveraging open APIs and its control of the data that developers are trying to access, Oracle is positioning itself to deliver an ambitious suite of cloud services that will not only share the same middleware, but also eventually a common data management plane.

The challenge, of course, will be delivering on that promise before a host of competitors that are trying to deliver pretty much the same capabilities.

Michael Vizard

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