Middleware is often referred to as the glue between the client operating system and the server. It is the software that provides applications beyond what the operating system can perform. In addition, it frees up an application to perform its core function while the desktop operating system accesses data... on that application. Today, most manufactures of middleware include a basic set of services, such as client-server connectivity, platform transparency, network transparency and isolation, application and tool support, language, and RDBSM support.
At Connection, businesses can choose middleware software from a wide choice of leading brands like Citrix, Net Manage, Red Hat, and Van Dyke. The Citrix Xen App is an application delivery solution for all Windows-based applications. It is the most complete virtualization system available, and applications are packaged and stored in a central hub. With Net Manage, businesses can purchase the software, license, and plan for maintenance support. Under the maintenance plan, there is a quick response to software issues, and technical experts are provided to maximize uptime.
Middleware software often runs on a variety of platforms, but some products may have difficulty looking beyond Windows NT servers or Windows clients. It is essential that the middleware purchased handles the platform that is deployed. For example, Microsoft SQL Server DB-Library middleware provides access only to Windows NT servers, UNIX clients, and Mac. Advanced services for this software include single system login, enhanced security, location transparency, database oriented services, application-based services, management, and interaction with other service networks.