It used to be that integrating data across different applications required an unnatural act involving complicated pieces of middleware. In recent times, accomplishing that act has become easier thanks to lighter-weight middleware based on standard Web services and RESTful APIs. But even still, accomplishing that task still requires the skills of a developer. In contrast, the next revolution in data integration is going to be characterized by business users integrating data across applications on their own at will.
As a public cloud service optimized for Big Data applications, GoGrid gives developers access to a number of open source platforms, including Hadoop, Apache HBase, Cassandra, MongoDB, and Riak. Trying to fuel what GoGrid CEO John Keagy describes as an open data services (ODSs) market, GoGrid provides the ability to stand up applications on multiple platforms in a way that helps developers avoid getting locked in to one particular architecture. Now GoGrid is close to taking that concept one step further by exposing an API to the GoGrid cloud platform.
APIs tend to go wherever the data is, so with more data than ever showing up in Hadoop, it stands to reason that APIs would soon follow. At the Strata Conference and Hadoop World 2013 event today, Cloudera announced a Cloudera Connect: Innovators program under which developers are invited to build applications that invoke an API that Cloudera in partnership with DataBricks has created for its distribution of Hadoop.