Choosing Middleware: Why Performance and Scalability Do (and Do Not) Matter

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Executive Summary

Apart from Ice, WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) and Java RMI (Remote Method Invocation) are currently seen as major contenders in the middleware space. When it comes to making a choice among them, performance is often taken as the sole evaluation criterion, despite the fact that performance is only one of many factors that influence the choice of middleware. This paper provides a performance and scalability comparison of the three middleware platforms, and discusses when performance and scalability matter and when they do not, including their likely impact alongside other factors on the overall cost of a project.

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