Tuesday, December 30, 2008

ElasticHosts Releases Extensive API

Richard Davis, over at Elastic Hosts in the UK has sent me details of their latest API release for the Elastic Hosts Cloud infrastructure service. Davies noted that they feel the API semantics are more important than syntax - and went on to say they intend to produce text/plain, application/xml, application/json and application/x-www-form-urlencoded variants of this same set of commands so that users can pick whichever seems easiest. (I should also note we use a similar approach with the Enomaly ECP API) They seem to put a lot of emphasis on the API, I guess we'll see if customers embrace their use of a extensive ReSTful API.

Here are some more details of the release;

ElasticHosts, the second European cloud infrastructure and the world's first public cloud based upon KVM*, today released its API and remote management tool. These enable users to automatically upload server images and control servers running within ElasticHosts' flexible infrastructure, supplementing the existing web management interface.

ElasticHosts provides flexible server capacity in the UK for scalable web hosting and on-demand burst computing uses such as development/test, batch compute, overflow capacity and disaster recovery.
The ElasticHosts HTTP API is described in detail at:


The API is implemented in a straightforward ReST style, and is accompanied by a simple command line tool enabling Unix users to control ElasticHosts infrastructure from their own scripts without writing any code.

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