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Microsoft, Zend and others have launched the Simple API for Cloud Application Services project, a new open source initiative that allows developers to use common application services in the cloud.
In essence, this project will allow you to write basic cloud applications that work in all of the major cloud platforms. The first deliverables will include interfaces for file storage, document database, and simple queue services from platforms like Amazon Web Services, Windows Azure, Nirvanix Storage Delivery Network and Rackspace Cloud Files.
The initial goal of the project is to provide a set of programming interfaces for PHP developers to facilitate the development of applications that have basic cloud storage needs.
For more information see Microsoft’s Vijay Rajagopalan, principal architect at Microsoft, blog posting on Simple API.
The project was announced on the Business Wire at Zend Teams with IBM, Microsoft, Rackspace and Other Cloud Leaders on Open Source Initiative to Drive Cloud Application Development.
Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation