API platforms

Trend 9: Complete API-driven infrastructure proves efficient in handling multiple cloud platforms

In today's dynamic environment, API-driven infrastructure provides the ability to set up infrastructure in the cloud or on-premises with the use of programming languages and libraries. The adoption of Terraform and Ansible in the industry has fueled more APIs in the infrastructure as code. In the past, inefficient methods such as shell scripting involved significant manual efforts to set up a platform. All hyperscaler management console platforms now provide APIs to manage the infrastructure. For example, container orchestration, gateways, caching, and more will be stored, versioned, upgraded, and maintained as code.

Many hyperscalers have come up with multicloud management platforms, such as AWS Outpost, Azure Arc, and Google Anthos. These platforms provide APIs to manage, provision, and audit their hyperscaler infrastructure or on-premises infrastructure using Ansible, Terraform, Ballerina, Pulumi, and CloudFormation.

Most companies that work with the public cloud, Kubernetes, or photonic crystal fiber-based tools, use at least one infrastructure scripting language. This trend will further gain momentum, as tools and innovation are utilized appropriately to define entire data centers as code.

Infosys has built a multicloud environment management tool using open-source technologies and frameworks. The polycloud platform is powered using standard-based abstraction through API. This unified cloud management (single pane of glass) offers seamless control, provisions, and management of multiple clouds. It also minimizes vendor lock-in span. It enables easier workload migration across multiple clouds.

API platforms

Trend 10: Enterprises increasingly adopt API marketplace solutions

The API marketplace platform solutions enable enterprises to integrate a single governance framework for multi-API gateways, and accelerate development with prebuild standard and domain APIs to expedite digital transformation.

API marketplaces are allowing businesses to aggregate APIs and create a space for developers to upload, distribute, and monetize APIs quickly. These marketplaces allow consumers to easily discover and implement APIs. The marketplace lists APIs based on categories and classifications which makes the discovery even easier. It also makes it easier to compare different APIs on several parameters such as costs, functionalities, endpoint etc.

Infosys has built One Cloud Marketplace and One Cloud Sandbox solutions to build a strong partner ecosystem. These solutions enable enterprises to experiment and innovate with multicloud deployment models and prebuild accelerators and industry standard APIs. They also offer benefits like API governance and automations, less lead time, better developer experience, and higher productivity. This helps enterprises achieve an API-first strategy with a product-centric approach.


Trend 11: LCNC platforms accelerate API adoption

LCNC platforms help integrate and automate workflows with little or no programming knowledge. These platforms support a wide range of out-of-box integration capabilities and connectors that can be built and deployed through drag-drop code features and configurations. These platforms enable customers to accelerate their API and microservices journey, either on-cloud or on-premises.

Infosys accelerators provide frameworks and solutions for integrations, microservice development, and API marketplace. Infosys has partnered with several vendors to use LCNC solutions for API delivery. These solutions implement microservice acceleration platforms and enable value proposition for the customer modernization journey.


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