appliance computing

Appliance computing is an Internet-based computing architecture where software applications reside on a Web server rather than on the end-user's workstation.

Appliance computing is an Internet-based computing architecture in which software applications reside on a Web server rather than on the end-user's computing device.

In such a scenario, the appliance is a thin client which may only have an operating system and a connectivity program, such as a Web browser

See also: software-as-a-service (SaaS). 

This was first published in August 2010

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