Handling API calls in the cloud with a service like AWS Lambda is one of the latest ways enterprises try to save on resources. In theory, you can save a ton of money. But be careful. Costs for API calls can mount up, sometimes leaving you with a cloud computing bill ten times the size you expected.
After Facebook announced that apps can be deployed to Heroku, the cloud platform saw tremendous growth. It's on pace to add five times as many applications in 2011 as it had last year, likely fueled by being the only cloud service supported from within Facebook. The two companies introduced a new concept in developer relations, the "click-to-cloud" sample app.
Voxbone API offers real-time delivery of mobile and toll-free numbers from over 50 countries. Google makes the cost of cloud storage nearly free. Plus: the Australian Bureau of Labor Stats stealth API, and Acquia scales API calls for a major train operator.