ASP.NET hosting and SQL hosting provider DiscountASP.NET (www.discountasp.net) has expanded its Open Control Panel API with the addition of APIs for SQL 2008 Database backup as part of DiscountASP.NET's Open Control Panel Initiative, designed to offer an open hosting system framework that provides maximum control.
According to DiscountASP.NET's Wednesday announcement, customers can access the API library through their control panel and are assigned a unique Authentication Key. Also, a Sandbox Key is provided so that customers can test their applications without the risk of making changes to their hosting account.
In 2006, DiscountASP.NET unveiled the first phase of its Open Control Panel Initiative by introducing an ASP.NET web service API library that customers can use to develop their own web, desktop or mobile applications that interface directly with their web hosting account. This exposed a number of methods to retrieve resource usage information, and manage some IIS functions, such as recycling their application pool. Today, DiscountASP.NET has found more methods for customers to backup their SQL 2008 databases.
"Our control panel API is a move to provide our customers with a next-generation hosting experience." marketing vice president Takeshi Eto said in a statement. "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."
DiscountASP.NET has undergone many improvements in the past few months, increasing options for customers looking for advanced ASP.NET and SQL functionality.
At Microsoft's (www.microsoft.com) Professional Developers Conference in October 2008, DiscountASP.NET announced it had teamed with the software heavy weight to offer a free beta sandbox hosting environment for the Web Deployment Tool, Microsoft's deployment, management and migration tool for web apps, sites and servers.
More recently, in January, DiscountASP.NET partnered with web-based applications provider myLittleTools (www.mylittletools.com) to add myLittleAdmin to DiscountASP.NET's feature set, giving customers free access to the web-based SQL management tool.