Oracle recently announced the acquisition of Apiary, a startup that focuses on managing application programming interfaces (API). According to the University Herald, the move is an effort to improve the company’s cloud offerings as they aim to create the most comprehensive API integration technology in the market. It comes just days after Oracle unveiled plans for a major cloud expansion.
By acquiring Apiary, Oracle is able to leverage the startup’s expertise in managing and monitoring API’s. The startup was on the forefront of the creation of APIFlow, a solution for the entire API creation life-cycle, which also supports OpenAPI industry and API Blueprint standards.
The technology allows enterprises to use apps they already have at their disposal in order to produce software applications. Cloud and software companies are relying on major cloud vendors when it comes to API’s and their interactions, according to the University Herald.
After joining forces with Apiary, Oracle can now offer clients an “even more advanced capability to design and govern their APIs, allowing companies to manage the entire API life-cycle and deliver integrated applications,” the University Herald reported.
But Oracle’s client base will see more than just better API capabilities. They’ll also have unique access to a better API Integration Cloud that offers dexterity and control. The dollar amount on the deal was undisclosed.
After years of operating as an underdog, Oracle is taking aim at the leaders in the cloud computing market. The organization has spent a lot of time developing and strategizing in order to compete with the big three, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and Google, according to siliconangle.com.
They’ll expand with three new locations over the next six months, to help contribute to overall growth. The provider has its eyes on Virginia, England and Turkey for the locations that will consist of three data centers, built a few miles away from one another. The separation of the centers should prevent a local outage from interrupting every facility within a region, all while still allowing customers to sync info and protect their data.
Oracle is also offering an updated version of its managed database platform, which enables clients to host their own deployments on bare-metal servers so they don’t have to share hardware with anyone. And because of that, Oracle says latency-sensitive apps are now able to work much more rapidly on its public cloud.
“An internal benchmark test showed that the new service tier provides up to 50 times better performance than the largest general-purpose database instance available from AWS,” siliconangle.com reported.
The site went on to say, “One-upping the cloud giant on processing power is becoming a key focus of Oracle’s competitive strategy.”