Riverbed Technology has announced new developer tools aligned towards performance acceleration. A new programmable infrastructure capability extends the interfaces available in the firm's application performance software.
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The promise is one of "better visibility and control" through a custom IT portal with automated provisioning and management within a software-defined datacenter. There is also intelligent closed-loop performance remediation here.
President of Riverbed Products Group Eric Wolford says that core to his firm's new developer tools is a product called FlyScript. "This enables integration and automation within the Riverbed performance platform, as well as with third-party tools and customers' proprietary software.
NOTE: Riverbed FlyScript developer tools are a set of programmability resources that allow for a broad range of applications for the Riverbed performance platform, such as scripting, automation, and building custom rules and views. Product-specific APIs provide access to configuration and reporting via HTTP or HTTPS. The APIs allow developers of custom applications to access raw data and directly configure appliances.
The company invites developers, programmers, and operators to join Riverbed Splash, an online community where users can learn more about using FlyScript to get better performance, control, and scale for their applications. Riverbed Splash also features best practices regarding configuring, deploying, and managing Riverbed products.
"In an effort to create a more dynamic and responsive IT environment, organizations are increasingly deploying new virtualization technologies and software-defined architectures. To extract the full value of these flexible environments, IT is also exploring how to customize and program these environments to best serve the unique needs of their business," said Bob Laliberte at Enterprise Strategy Group. "Riverbed's FlyScript developer toolkit enables IT to quickly create programmable infrastructures without requiring extensive training or experience, and accelerates the time to deploy a customized solution."
The introduction of FlyScript developer tools builds on the scripting and customization capabilities of Riverbed Stingray Traffic Manager for building custom functionality or implementing traffic management policies that are unique to an application. Adding to these capabilities, FlyScript developer tools now offer that programmability within the broader development and operations lifecycle.
As part of FlyScript developer tools, Riverbed introduced REST APIs for the Riverbed performance platform solutions, including Cascade Shark, Cascade Profiler, and Stingray Traffic Manager.
These REST APIs give developers a supported way to access raw data and manage the configuration of Riverbed solutions in an industry standard web service design model.
To simplify the coding process for casual coders and application programmers, Riverbed introduced the Python Software Development Kit (SDK), built on top of fully documented and supported REST APIs to develop custom modules and applications.