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API Adoption And The Open Cloud: What Is An API? [Infographic]


You probably use application programming interfaces (APIs) multiple times a day and aren’t even aware of it. They make it easier to share photos with friends, access massive data stores and drive new app development. With the rise of APIs, including our own Open Cloud API, we’ve compiled an overview to help you understand how APIs work, how you’re already using them, and how businesses are finding big successes with APIs.

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About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Angela Bartels.

Angela runs integrated marketing campaigns for Rackspace. She started at Rackspace in 2003 and has done everything from Linux support, account management, sales, product marketing and now lives in marketing. She left Rackspace in 2005 to work for PEER 1 Hosting but returned in 2009 because she was interested in the cloud computing movement (and has always been a Racker at heart). Angela is a strong believer in the power of storytelling.

  • ET

    Very well written Angela — ET

  • Sami Moran

    Hey, Angela! Awesome graphic!!! Love it.


  • Wayne Walls

    Well done, Angela, I like it!

  • NH

    How can I download this graphic?

    • Andrew Hickey

      Hi NH,

      There is embed code at the bottom of the graphic if you’d like to embed it. You should also be able to save it like you would a normal image.

      Thank you,

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