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Cloud Application Programming Interface (Cloud API)

Definition - What does Cloud Application Programming Interface (Cloud API) mean?

A Cloud Application Programming Interface (Cloud API) is a type of API that enables the development of applications and services used for the provisioning of cloud hardware, software, and platforms. A cloud API serves as a gateway or interface that provides direct and indirect cloud infrastructure and software services to users.

A cloud API is the core component behind any public cloud solution and is generally based primarily on the REST and SOAP frameworks, as well as cross-platform and vendor specific APIs.

Techopedia explains Cloud Application Programming Interface (Cloud API)

A cloud API interacts with a cloud infrastructure to allocate computing, storage, and network resources for requested cloud applications or services.

Cloud APIs vary according to the provided service or solution, as follows:

  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): Infrastructure APIs provision raw computing and storage.
  • Software as a Service (SaaS): Software or application APIs provision connectivity and interaction with a software suite.
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS): Platform APIs provide back-end architecture for building intensive and feature rich applications.
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