Yesterday at the 2013 AWS re:Invent Conference, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced Amazon Kinesis, a fully managed service designed to handle real-time streaming and high-volume data processing at any scale. The announcement comes on the heels of the launch of CloudTrail, a new web service that records API calls made to AWS accounts and then provides log files via Amazon's S3 bucket.
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As the amount of processing power that can be affordably invoked via the cloud continues to increase, applications that were once thought too impractical to build are suddenly quite feasible. A good example of that is AppStream, a new service that Amazon is beta testing that allows graphically and resource-intensive applications to be extended out to any number of devices that previously would not have had the processing capabilities to run them.
Back in May I wrote about the race for either unified APIs or API standards to bridge the growing number of APIs in specific industries or areas. Unified APIs are created by a third party provider to bridge multiple APIs, while API standards would potentially create an industry-wide standard of how APIs should operate.