Developing a Distributed Computing Architecture at Arizona State University


Colleges and universities, along with many other organizations and the computer industry, are rushing to reap the benefits of the new distributed computing paradigm by implementing client/server applications. But there are many ways to move to a client/server environment, and institutions must plan their implementations to avioid technological anarchy -- a "Tower of Babel" in which the pieces do not communicate. This article describes ASURITE, the Arizona State University's Rational Information Technology Environment: its architecture and objectives, its standards approach, its services and characteristics, and how it has affected academic and administrative computing.

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