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Equinix Unifies the Cloud With Apigee APIs

Sarah Thomas
1/8/2015
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Apigee and Equinix are teaming up to make sure enterprises can seamlessly access applications regardless of which cloud the applications are housed in, an important feature as enterprises increasingly use a mix of several public and private clouds,

Apigee Corp. today revealed itself to be the application programming interface (API) management company that Equinix Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) is using to eliminate the need for provisioning separate cross-connects in order to add cloud access in Equinix's Cloud Exchange. Equinix announced its support for APIs last week, but didn't then reveal the identity of its partner. (See Equinix Speeds Cloud Provisioning via APIs and Equinix Cloud Exchange Adds SoftLayer, APIs.)

With Apigee, enterprises and developers can connect to any of the 17 cloud service providers Equinix hosts, including Amazon Web Services Inc. , Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) Azure and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s Cloud Platform. To these developers, the multiple services will look like one, unified cloud with no extra provisioning needed. (See Cloud Exchange Gathering Steam.)


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Ed Anuff, VP of product strategy for Apigee, says the partnership fits well into increasingly software-defined data centers, but also goes deeper by enabling software-defined application architectures. By using APIs, apps have the ability to modify and define their operating environment as necessary, he explains. With Apigee Edge, the company's cloud-based API platform, Equinix can configure and manage the app interconnections to various cloud services in a way that's consistent, reliable and secure.

"SDN has always been something that Apigee has been saying you need APIs within, but not just APIs -- managed APIs and all the things they bring to bear like security, analytics and the optimization of API usage," Anuff says.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading

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pcharles09
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pcharles09,
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3/24/2015 | 12:52:08 AM
Re: Apigee success
@danielcawrey,

If that's their value proposition, I think it'll be a toss in the bucket. Working with APIs isn't too bad as long as you know what you're doing. This is from a developer perspective but making it even simpler so even non-devs can work with it is key.
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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1/8/2015 | 3:21:35 PM
Re: Apigee success
Yes, totally agree. All of these things are going to make Apigee tremendously valuable as enterprises realize they need to get on the SDN boat. 

Apigee may be able to be that defacto service provider as long as they cater to making the APIs really easy to use and acessible. 
iainmorris
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iainmorris,
User Rank: Blogger
1/8/2015 | 11:49:17 AM
Public and private cloudse
Being able to move seamlessly between the public and private clouds is clearly going to be of major importance. Interesting to see that Deutsche Telekom and Informatica teamed up last month on a service that is supposed to let customers integrate data and apps from all sources - including thse in public and private clouds as well as residing on-premise.
Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
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1/8/2015 | 11:09:04 AM
Smart pipes
This is an area where carriers can go beyond being just dumb pipes. Enterprises need to balance workloads between multiple cloud providers and their own data centers, and carriers are ideally suited to do that job for them. 
sarahthomas1011
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sarahthomas1011,
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1/8/2015 | 10:29:18 AM
Apigee success
Apigee seems to be the de facto API management company. It's racking up business in the enterprise, telecom and data center world. Part of the reason for that, I think, is that it got ahead of the virtualization trend. It hasn't sold a physical appliance in five years and when companies are ready to make the move to SDN, it's prepared to help them get there. APIs and SDN sit on different layers, but really are inextricably linked.
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