Middleware, Have You Heard of it?

Middleware, Have You Heard of it?

20th June 2017

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Middleware has become a necessity these days. Many businesses are using a variety of different software programs to suit their exact needs. This has meant that it is essential that they work cohesively for the business to achieve their desired end result.

Middleware – What exactly is it?

Well, middleware can be described as the glue that combines two separate, already existing software programs. Generally, it can be a variety of different, specifically designed software. It is a type of software that makes it easier for software developers to implement communication and input/output, between the two programs, so they can focus on the specific purpose of their application. Acting as almost an extension to the existing operating systems, it helps to integrate software between applications and services.

Examples

Middleware can be used to connect any two pieces of software. It works by allowing data to be passed between the two. One example of the use of middleware is when it is used to connect a database system with a web server. This allows the user to request data from the database using forms displayed on a web browser.

However, because middleware tends to be specific and bespoke to a business it can vary widely in the way it works. This software is designed for the business in mind and what they want to achieve from the implementation of the software is entirely dependent on them. Therefore, if you are looking to develop some middleware to connect your current systems it’s worth getting in touch for a chat about what a piece of middleware can do for your business.

Where is middleware used?

Middleware is used in all areas within a business’s network. Its purpose can vary depending on what the needs of the business are and various software programs they want to combine. The following are just some examples for its purpose:

  • Transaction management – ensures that corruption within the system or database doesn’t happen should a problem occur.
  • Application server.
  • Security – provides authentication for a particular client program.
  • Message queues – allows coupled systems to transfer messages back and forth.
  • Directory – gives the client the ability to find other services in the business.
  • Web server – a program responsible for accepting requests from web browsers.

Need a piece of middleware software developing to make your business run smoother? Have two programs you need connected and working together? Contact us to discuss your project or call 01772 393989 and speak to one of our team, we’d love to hear from you.