What is Middleware?
Traditionally, middleware adds an application tier to your solution that enables robust and scalable communications between clients and enterprise backends. Middleware can be deployed on premise, with Cloud hosted services like Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure, or in a public Cloud.
Throughout the history of middleware, various technologies have been utilized for calling remote services such as CORBA and SOAP. These days, middleware like almost all Cloud services are based on stateless and asynchronous REST/JSON protocol.
Embarcadero Technologies has always embraced and delivered complete, end-to-end, application frameworks, which includes middleware solutions.
Middleware has become a must have architectural tier in modern mobile solutions. With middleware clients are able to access backend services in a robust and scalable way. Middleware helps manage the process and data-flow in an increasingly connected app solution.
Embarcadero provides two product offerings to implement on-premise or Cloud hosted middleware. This includes the DataSnap SDK, and the new REST based Enterprise Mobility Services (EMS). DataSnap is royalty free and provides all the plumbing to build your own middleware services. EMS delivers a many pre-built high value services such as user management and authentication, custom API management, as well as user and usage analytics.
Enterprise Mobility Services
Enterprise Mobility Services (EMS) is a new turnkey solution for today's interconnected, distributed apps, offering an easy to deploy middleware server that hosts loadable custom API and data access modules. It's based on open and standard technologies, including REST HTTP calls and JSON data formats, and provides major SQL database drivers along with an encrypted embedded and server SQL database. With its user management, authentication, API analytics, and push notification support for Android and iOS, Enterprise Mobility Services is ideal for enabling secure access from mobile apps to Enterprise Databases. EMS is a middleware solution that is stateless, restful, scalable, and secure.
Build Server-Side Data and App Services with DataSnap
DataSnap enables you to create data and application services, like Custom APIs, that can be accessed from client apps on Windows, Web, iOS, Android and more. DataSnap servers support REST, JSON, COM, HTTP, TCP/IP, and other standards for ultra-flexible connectivity from virtually any platform. Apps can be hosted on your server or in the cloud.