In Chapter 2 Bonaria mentions OpenKapow as a tool for creating mashups, so I wanted to let you all know about this change to the OpenKapow service.
Based on feedback from the openkapow user community, Kapow Technologies and StrikeIron recently launched a new commercial service for creating and delivering custom web data services. This new service, which utilizes the Jolt Award-winning Kapow OnDemand ™, establishes Kapow Technologies as the premier provider of SaaS-based solutions for rapidly accessing web data.
With the ever-increasing need for businesses of all sizes to eliminate the barriers to accessing valuable web data, openkapow users wanted a commercial version of the service, capable of running unlimited Kapow robots on a pay-per-use basis. Our number one priority is to ensure the maximum success of our customers, and we are confident that our joint offering with StrikeIron is the next step in delivering on this vision. We will continue to invest in delivering more offerings in the cloud.
With the new Kapow/StrikeIron service now in production, we will close down the openkapow beta servers on December 11th, 2009 at 6pm Eastern Time.
This means that the openkapow beta servers will no longer be able to execute Kapow robots after that time. If you are interested in using openkapow functionality for commercial use, then I encourage you to sign up for a free trial at http:/www.strikeiron.com/kapow, where you will also find additional information about the service, including pricing.
The link to OpenKapow will still work, so I am retaining that link on the Chapter 2 page, but it is important to note that it is no longer a free service.