Arcentry, cloud diagramming provider, announced that it has opened up access to its platform via an API. Through the API, users can create, manipulate and delete objects from their cloud and open source diagrams. Changes are captured in real-time making the API an production-ready tool.
Arcentry understands that the big picture is important when managing cloud infrastructure. The company enables administrators to build visual diagrams that physically depict layers and instances. Cloud-provider dashboards simply don’t go far enough when showing relationships and the entire ecosystem. Arcentry diagrams fix this short-falling, and the API makes the diagrams programmable.
The API is RESTful. It is structured with two simple concepts: documents and objects. A document is any diagram in your application. Each document has a unique ID and a document’s ID can be found in from the sidebar in the API tab. An object is any item on a diagram. Objects include elements like databases, servers, icons, areas, labels, images and more. For more information, check out the API docs.
The API is in its early stages, but Arcentry already has big plans. In the next release, users will be able to connect with Grafana compatible datasources (e.g. AWS CloudWatch, ElasticSearch, InfluxDB, Prometheus). This will allow the API to show metrics directly in an app. The API is just one of the ways by which Arcentry aims to launch AI-powered, visual and interactive tools to design, deploy and monitor cloud infrastructure.