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How the API economy is changing business

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Highlighting Flexibility

Companies can also use a mix of cloud and in-house services to ensure optimal performance, security and economics, says Alise Spence, Power Systems Cloud offering manager. You can easily integrate information from the cloud with secure information on premise. “APIs enable ways to interact and integrate both sets of data securely and seamlessly,” she says.

Using APIs improves time to value and speeds up execution. With Bluemix, a developer can select many services from in the cloud—avoiding the time it would take to install and set up those environments locally. With the addition of Bluemix Local, clients who prefer to develop on-premise can get the same advantages of readily available services and APIs in their local data centers.

APIs have given developers a common language to speak in the cloud or on-premise as well as spurring modularization of services. IBM Bluemix has been a leader in providing these services in the cloud, but the trend toward being more modular and having more interoperability is applicable across all of the IT industry, Spence notes.

From Consumer to Corporate

Concepts like modularization were first developed for consumer-focused services like Twitter and Facebook. As these concepts developed, IBM saw their advantages for corporate users. “We’ve seen a transformation and maturing of the technologies for a corporate model,” Brech says.

As enterprises seek to transform their operations to deliver more efficiency and cost-effectiveness with private and public cloud services, they are beginning to leverage APIs and application modularization. For POWER* customers, a variety of tools are available to seamlessly and securely connect these new services to their mission critical data stored on Power Systems systems of record on-premise. “Customers can easily get the reliability, security and availability they have come to expect of POWER while moving to the API economy,” Spence notes.

With new services coming to POWER through little-endian Linux* on Power* at accelerating rates, service providers are seeing the advantages of using POWER to deliver services to their clients. So while services are becoming the means to deliver function, the infrastructure those services are deployed on matters even more. POWER8* technology delivers performance and cost-effective infrastructure. “While some services are established, many more are just starting to take off, and we see a large opportunity for POWER-based infrastructures,” Brech adds.

Whether accessing data stores on scale-up POWER servers with API connector services or deploying micro-services-based Linux applications on scale-out POWER8 systems, customers are seeing how Power Systems can provide exceptional cost and performance advantages for applications leveraging modularization and the API economy to run their businesses.

Shirley S. Savage is a Maine-based freelance writer. Shirley can be reached at



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