Middleware Definition – What-Where-and-Why

Posted on , Last Modified:January 20, 2017
by sharmila manoharan.

What is Middleware?

Middleware is a software that connects different software applications which run on different operating system to transform and route the message between applications.

Where is Middleware used?

Middleware is primarily used in distributed system environment which has several applications that run on different platform such as Unix, Windows, Linux.In distributed applications, middleware is used as an integration software to connect several applications of different platform to transform and route the messages.

How is Middleware used?

Middleware is used as an integration software to connect to different applications that run on different platform.However different types of middleware is slighly used for different purposes which are explained in section.

Why do we need to use Middleware?

Companies use B2B(Business-to-business)  and B2C(Business-to-customer) services to process the transactions.In B2B, the companies process the transactions between manufacturer, retailer and so on.In B2C, the companies process the transactions with customer.

Every manufacturer, retailers use different systems such as custom applications, third party applications to manage customer, products, inventory details.These systems are built in different technologies and run on different platforms.

Middleware is used to connect between applications on different platform and different technologies to be able to communicate and process the transactions.

Middleware is also used to integrate different backend and legacy systems, running on different platform and written in different languages.

 

 

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