Middleware: the Key of Distributed Computing

by Rosemary Rock-Evans


In the future, middleware will underpin the technical architecture of all distributed systems. Understanding what middleware means for your organisation is therefore crucial to taking the right strategic decision.
But, although you may have heard of middleware, you may not know what middleware can do for you. You may be interested in introducing middleware, but have little idea of the types of product available and their advantages and disadvantages. You may be interested in the idea of a layer of insulating software, but be sceptical about the practicalities of the approach. This seminar provides the expert advice and analysis you need for informed corporate decision making.
Based on Rosemary's highly acclaimed report 'Middleware: The key to Distributed Computing' from OVUM, this seminar examines middleware from your viewpoint explaining what middleware does now for you, not what the vendors promise.

What you will learn

This seminar answers the following questions:

  • What exactly is middleware and what benefits does it offer?
  • What are the main types of product and what do they do?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of the products?
  • When should you use which types of products?
  • Which product types are strategic and which merely tactical?
  • When should you use middleware and when not?
  • What should you be doing to select middleware products?
  • What pitfalls are there and how can they be avoided?
  • How do you choose between the huge range of products available?
  • What are the key product trends?

Main Topics

  • Introduction to Middleware
  • Middleware services
  • Types of Product
  • Remote Procedure Calls
  • DCE
  • MOM
  • ORBs
  • DTPMs
  • Database Connectivity
  • Comparison of the Types of Middleware (by objective/service support)
  • How to Introduce Middleware