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M3O - An open source AWS alternative

M3O

M3O is an open source public cloud platform.
We are building an AWS alternative for the next generation of developers.


Overview

AWS was a first generation public cloud provider started in 2006. It's infrastructure services and pay as go pricing model made it an incredibly
compelling choice for a previous generation of developers. But what about the future?

M3O is an attempt to build a new public cloud platform with higher level building blocks for the next generation of developers.
M3O is powered by the open source Micro platform and programmable real world Micro Services.

Features

  • 🔥 Dev UX - The developer experience is first priority. A slick new UX for the next generation of developers.
  • ☝️ One Token - Use one Micro API token to fulfill all your API needs. Access multiple public APIs with a single token.
  • ⚡ Fast Access - Using a new API is easy - no need to learn yet another API, it's all the same Micro developer experience.
  • 🆓 Free to start - It's a simple pay as you go model and everything is priced per request. Top up your account and start making calls.
  • 🚫 Anti AWS Billing - Don't get lost in a sea of infinite cloud billing. We show you exactly what you use and don't hide any of the costs.
  • ✔️ Open Source Software - Built on an open source foundation and services which anyone can contribute to with a simple PR.

Rationale

AWS is a fairly complex beast which makes it hard for new developers to get started. In the past we needed VMs and file storage, but today with the Jamstack
and other modern development models, the building blocks we're looking for are changing. They're mostly now third party APIs. M3O is looking to
aggregate all those third party public APIs into a single uniform offering with a slick new dev UX.

Services

So far there are over 35+ services. Here are some of the highlights:

Backend

  • Cache - Quick access key-value storage
  • DB - Simple database service
  • Functions - Serverless compute as a service
  • Stream - Publish and subscribe to messages
  • User - User management and authentication
  • File - Store, list, and retrieve text files

Logistics

  • Address - Address lookup by postcode
  • Geocoding - Geocode an address to gps location and the reverse.
  • Location - Real time GPS location tracking and search
  • Routing - Etas, routes and turn by turn directions
  • IP - IP to geolocation lookup

Web

  • Email - Send emails in a flash
  • Image - Quickly upload, resize, and convert images
  • OTP - One time password generation
  • QR Codes - QR code generator
  • SMS - Send an SMS message
  • Weather - Real time weather forecast

See the full list at m3o.com/explore or the source at github.com/micro/services.

Getting Started

  • Head to m3o.com and signup for a free account.
  • Generate an API key on the Settings page.
  • Browse the APIs on the Explore page.
  • Call any API using your token in the Authorization: Bearer [Token] header and https://api.m3o.com/v1/[service]/[endpoint] url.
  • See the m3o/cli for command line usage.

Learn More

How it Works

M3O is built on existing public cloud infrastructure using managed kubernetes along with our own infrastructure automation
and abstraction layer for existing third party public APIs. We host the open source Micro project as our base OS and
use it to power all the Micro Services, which provide simpler building blocks for existing cloud primitives.

UX

We host our own custom dev UX (m3o/cloud) on top of the infrastructure stack and a backend
which acts as the management control plane.

Services

Developers build and contribute to services in github.com/micro/services, a vendor neutral home. We then automate the
building and publishing of those services and client libraries. This creates a shared and fully managed platform for everyone to leverage.

Infrastructure

We primarily use existing open source software, fully managed services and third party public APIs as the backing infrastructure then layer a standard interface
on top. With all the services on one platform, accessible with one API token, we drastically improve the Dev UX.

Development

This project is a combination of open source projects and a platform managed by the Micro team. Our goal is to enable any developer to
contribute to the open source while benefiting from the platform as a shared resource.

Cloud Hosting

The cloud hosted providers of Micro services:

  • m3o.com - a fully managed offering of micro services

Open Source

The core cloud OS and services exists in a vendor neutral org

M3O Dev UX

The hosting of Micro services on m3o.com is powered by the following:

  • m3o/cloud - locally hostable angular based dev UX for the website
  • m3o/platform - the infrastructure automation for cloud hosted stack
  • m3o/backend - the services which power the m3o.com product backend

Publish APIs

If you'd like to publish your own APIs on the M3O platform fill in this form and we'll get back to you.

Contributing

  • Write examples - m3o/examples provides a place to showcase things built on top which we'll feature on the website
  • Write services - micro/services are all the services we host and hope for more devs to help
  • Write docs - m3o/docs is where our docs will live and we know without great docs this isn't going to work
  • Show support - Tweet @m3oservices and let the world know what we're building so that more people can get involved

Thanks for reading

Hopefully you buy into what we're talking about and the need for something new in the public cloud space.
If you like what you’re hearing, Signup for Free or send us some feedback.
Reach out on slack or twitter if you have any questions.

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MidouWebDev

Cool !