March 12, 2009 (HOSTSEARCH.COM) ASP.NET hosting and SQL hosting leader, DiscountASP.NET (http://www.DiscountASP.NET), has announced expanding their Open Control Panel API with the addition of APIs for SQL 2008 Database backup. The new SQL Backup API is part of DiscountASP.NETs Open Control Panel Initiative, whose goal is to offer an open hosting system framework which provides customers with maximum control over their hosting presence management.
In 2006, to support this initiative, DiscountASP.NET introduced an ASP.NET web service API library which customers can use to develop their own web, desktop, or mobile applications that interface directly with their web hosting account. In the first phase, DiscountASP.NET exposed methods to retrieve resource usage information, and manage some IIS functions, such as recycling their application pool. Today, DiscountASP.NET expose methods for customers to backup their SQL 2008 databases.
DiscountASP.NET customers can activate access to the API library through their control panel and are assigned a unique Authentication Key. In addition, a Sandbox Key is provided so that customers can test their applications without the risk of making changes to their hosting account.
"Our control panel API is a move to provide our customers with a next-generation hosting experience." said Takeshi Eto, VP Marketing. "Our vision for the Open Control Panel Initiative is to offer our customers the flexibility and freedom of choice. They can manage their hosting presence using our hosted control panel application or through web services and customized user-driven solutions."