Appcelerator has teamed with Microsoft to make Appcelerator Arrow, the company’s framework for building mobile-optimized APIs, available to Microsoft Azure cloud customers. The deal brings Appcelerator’s ‘next-gen’ API builder to Azure customers, while increasing flexibility for Arrow developers and helping them integrate apps into an existing Microsoft stack.
Developers would now be able to rapidly create mobile-optimized APIs using Appcelerator’s Arrow Builder, and then seamlessly run those APIs on Microsoft Azure. This relationship extends Arrow’s capabilities to the massive customer base of Azure, while allowing Arrow-developers simplified access to Azure’s elastic cloud infrastructure.
“Building coherent, compelling app experiences means corralling data from a wide range of backend sources,” said Jeff Haynie, CEO of Appcelerator. “Appcelerator Arrow enables developers to connect, model, transform and optimize backend data in minutes. By bringing Arrow to the Azure Marketplace, we’re extending its capabilities to a huge customer base, while in turn opening Azure’s tremendous infrastructure to Arrow developers.”
With about 3,000 offerings from Microsoft and additional software providers, the Azure Marketplace is an online applications and services marketplace that enables application producers to offer their solutions to Microsoft Azure cloud customers around the world. The addition of Appcelerator’s Arrow Builder provides a framework for rendering APIs from virtually any data source, and provides out-of-box connectors to a range of systems including Salesforce, Microsoft SQL Server, Box, MongoDB, and MySQL.
“As mobile becomes the primary channel of interaction, it’s important that organizations are armed with the right capabilities to not only create beautiful apps, but also make those apps transformative by easily connecting them to any data source,” said Nicole Herskowitz, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Microsoft Azure. “This relationship between Microsoft and Appcelerator allows Microsoft Azure customers to utilize the data integration power of Arrow, and opens Microsoft Azure as a new host for Arrow-built APIs. It’s a valuable complement to both our ecosystems.”