What is cloud middleware?
Simply put, middleware is a software platform that sits between one application / device and another application / device. It enables the connection between any two clients, servers, databases or even applications. It is not used directly by end users. However, cloud middleware is always accessible to the user in the form of a remote software platform for communicating or managing data.
Typically, cloud middleware resides between the operating system and an application and offers a range of functions to the user. It helps in building business applications; facilitates concurrency, transactions, threading, and messaging; and provides a service component architecture framework for building service-oriented architecture (SOA) applications. Web servers, application servers, and databases are examples of cloud middleware.
Middleware programs generally provide communication services and serve the purpose of a messenger so that various applications can send and receive messages. Different applications located in different physical locations can be linked together to perform a task via cloud middleware.