Cloud Elements introduces unified API for top cloud lockers

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Integration is becoming an even bigger priority for CIOs as end-users move more of their files to the cloud while pulling in growing amounts of unstructured data from external sources. The subsequent need for business processes that extend beyond the firewall is fueling demand for automated connectivity services that unify information access across on- and off-premise infrastructure.

Leading this space is MuleSoft, which saw its revenue more than double in the first half of 2013 and recently rolled out new data protection capabilities as part of a push to maintain that momentum. Even IBM is joining the fray, having recently been awarded a patent for combining data from public cloud deployments and legacy in-house systems. But while there’s no shortage of products designed to help enterprises synchronize their information silos, developers are still left struggling with the complexity of managing web services through different APIs. That’s where Cloud Elements fits in.

The Denver-based cloud-to-cloud integration specialist builds abstraction solutions that let programmers monitor and provisioning multiple services using a single interface, drastically reducing the amount of plumbing work involved with importing third party functionality and data. Cloud Elements supports APIs in a number of categories, including social networking, CRM and as of today, cloud lockers.

The company this morning introduced Cloud Elements Documents Hub, a tool that simplifies access to Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, and Microsoft SharePoint, with plans to add support for Amazon S3 and Rackspace Files in the near future. It provides a centralized panel for assigning user credentials and managing files across all of these services.

“By partnering with Cloud Elements, for the first time developers don’t have to choose which service to integrate, but instead they can have all of the leading services integrated into their app for less time than it takes to integrate just one service,” said Mark Geene, the CEO Of Cloud Elements. “Get Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, Sky Drive, Microsoft SharePoint and more for a fraction of the time and a fraction of the code.”