UNIT I Introduction to Client/Server1.1 Introduction to Client/Server1.2 Characteristics of the Client and the Server1.3 Merits and Demerits of the Client Server1.1 Introduction1.1.1
The Vision of the Client/Server Computing
We are in the midst of a fundamental change in both technology and itsapplication. Organizations today expect to get more value from their investmentsin technology.Opportunities are available to organizations and people who are ready and able tocompete in the global market. A competitive global economy will ensureobsolescence and obscurity to those who cannot or are unwilling to compete. Allorganizations must look for ways to demonstrate value. We are finally seeing awillingness to rethink existing organizational structures and business practices.Organizations are aggressively downsizing even as they try to aggressively expandtheir revenue base. There is more willingness to continue improvement practicesand programs to eliminate redundancy and increase effectiveness. Organizationsare becoming market-driven while remaining true to their business vision.
Client/server computing is the most effective source for the tools that empower employees with authority and responsibility.
Workstation power, workgroup empowerment, preservation of existinginvestments, remote network management, and market-driven business are theforces creating the need for client/server computing.
The Client/server computing is an irresistible movement that is reshaping the waycomputers is being used.
Though this computing is very young it is already in fullforce and is not leaving any area and corner of the computer industry untouched.The Client/Server application development requires hybrid skills that includetransaction processing, database design, communication experience, graphical userinterface design, and being Internet Savvy. The more advanced applicationsrequire knowledge of distributed objects and component infrastructures.