Cloud Application Management for Platforms (CAMP)

Applications have gained ground in the technological world over the last decade. There are very few businesses that are running without the use of applications, so as to fulfill the needs of application development, platforms like CAMP are helping businesses to develop, deploy, and use their applications in a smart way.

CAMP was developed primarily by the Oracle Corporation with the collaboration of several other developers. It maintains a direct interaction between the cloud provider that builds and provisions the services and a cloud consumer that uses the platform to build the applications. CAMP is based upon a few concepts that support the core of this service. It includes the following key elements without which application management is not possible.

Platform as a service (PaaS)

Platform as a Service is a form of cloud computing services which enables the customers to develop, manage and run the application without building the software infrastructure or maintaining the hardware during the app development process. It simply delivers applications over the internet and eliminates the costs and complexity of the application development process by managing the application through a cloud provider. PaaS can be serviced in two ways; public and private cloud service providers.

CAMP addresses the needs of an advanced PaaS system in which the consumer provides application artifacts such as graphics, data and code. The provider’s services are selected to realize these artifacts to incorporate in an application infrastructure. The details of this infrastructure are hidden from the consumer and the provider of the PaaS system manages the computation, storage, and networking of the application.

Application Program Interface (API)

Since the application is managed and networked through the provider in CAMP, the API is sourced by the provider only. It is a set of routines, tools, and protocols that are used for building software applications. When the graphical user interface (GUI) is programmed, the API is used to specify how software components would interact. This is an integral part of CAMP in order to build the infrastructure. A good API is very important to make the program development easier by providing the building blocks.

Representational State Transfer (REST)

REST is an architecture style in software that is specifically focused in CAMP. It is a set of constraints which are applied to the design components of the system that leads to better performance and maintenance.

REST architecture is applied to the APIs to operate on various cloud environments. Constraints make the system secure and manageable. When the RESTful infrastructure is applied to an API, it becomes more trustworthy.

Implementation

CAMP uses RESTful APIs and implements them on PaaS. As a consequence, it develops an inter-operable protocol that the cloud implementers use to deploy and package the applications. Interfaces for monitoring, self-service provisioning, and control are defined in CAMP. It is expected to foster and maintain an ecosystem with the use of REST to provide common tools, frameworks, and libraries to add the value of vendor services.

A tool for application management is of great help to organizations not only to develop the applications, but to better the maintenance and operation of the application. CAMP satisfies its consumers with the easiest application management tool.

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