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TECHNICAL ARCHITECTURE

Technical architecture is often discussed by IT vendors and their customers. One hears statements such as, “We use a cloud-based architecture,” “Our products are based on a relational database architecture,” and “Our organization uses a best-of-breed architectural strategy.” Statements like these confuse architecture with design. All information systems have been designed, and their design can be presented, discussed, and classified. One can talk about the location of the database in the system or the distribution of the application processing across computers or the extensibility of applications over the Internet. One can label different classes of designs with the term architecture. For example, applications that separate processing power between a master and a slave processor have a client-server architecture.


  

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