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Software Architect Bootcamp by Ph.D. Thomas J. Mowbray, Raphael Malveau

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2.7. Distributed Infrastructures

Earlier, we introduced the concept of middleware that provided the software infrastructure over networking hardware for integrating server platforms with computing clients, which may comprise complete platforms in their own right.

Distributed infrastructure is a broad description for the full array of object-oriented and other information technologies from which the software architect can select. Figure 2.16 shows the smorgasbord of technologies available on both client server and middleware operating system platforms [Orfali 96]. On the client platform, technologies include Internet Web browsers, graphical user interface development capabilities, system management capabilities, and operating systems. On the server ...

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