As part of an effort to better differentiate its cloud service in a crowded VMware field, iLand, a provider of cloud infrastructure services, plans to embrace RESTful APIs in 2015.
iLand Chief Technology Officer Justin Giardina says that the RESTful APIs that the cloud provider is developing will make it easier for iLand to surface a wide variety of products and services via its portal. Using existing VMware APIs, the cloud service provider today extended its cloud service to provide the ability to better integrate VMware management systems running on premise with the ILand cloud service.
Now that VMware is offering a cloud service of its own, Giardina says it’s incumbent on cloud providers that specialize in VMware environments to differentiate their offerings. So in the coming year iLand will add a variety of third-party technologies via a RESTful API that customers can discover, buy, and implement via the iLand portal. At the moment, iLand currently has alliances with Zerto, a provider of disaster recovery software, and Veeam, a provider of backup and recovery software that specializes in virtual machine environments.
While VMware has been comparatively late to the public cloud, companies such as iLand have been offering VMware-based cloud services for several years. Given the fact that the majority of enterprise IT organizations have standardized on VMware within their data centers, cloud service providers such as iLand have been making the case for hybrid cloud computing services that make it easier for those IT organizations to manage a public cloud using the same tools they use to manage their internal private clouds.
Regardless of the technology involved, once it’s integrated into the iLand portal, customers will be able to manage the entire hybrid cloud computing environment via a single pane of glass, says Giardina. According to Giardina, in the long term the operating system as we currently know it will give way to more efficient layers of abstraction for managing cloud infrastructure. And as those technologies evolve, APIs will be instrumental in smoothing the transition to these new micro service architectures.
In general, cloud service providers are exposing more management functionality via APIs to narrow the divide between internal IT organizations and external clouds, while at the same time providing developers with a common interface through which they can invoke those services.
It’s unclear to what degree VMware and its allies will be able to eclipse more established public cloud service providers. But as internal IT organizations become more familiar with the cloud, it’s apparent that with the implementation of RESTful APIs the ultimate goal is to blur the line between what’s an internal versus external resource.