An Assessment of Middleware Platforms for Accessing Remote Services

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Executive Summary

Due to the shift from Software-As-A-Product (SaaP) to Software-As-A-Service (SaaS), software components that were developed to run in a single address space must increasingly be accessed remotely across the network. Distribution middleware is frequently used to facilitate this transition. Yet a range of middleware platforms exist, and there are few existing guidelines to help the programmer choose an appropriate middleware platform to achieve desired goals for performance, expressiveness, and reliability.

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