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Client-Cloud Applications: The Rebirth of Client/Server Architecture

Published: 24 March 2011

ID: G00211523

Analyst(s): Eric Knipp , David Smith , David Cearley , William Clark


Enterprises are faced with the increasing power of mobile devices, the advantages of cloud computing as a delivery model for applications, and the need for better and more-differentiated user experiences. The client-cloud application model sits at the intersection of these trends.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview


  • What You Should Know
  • Client/Server Computing: The Bad Old Days?
  • Did the Web Save Us?
  • Cloud Computing: Paying by the Drink
  • The Era of the PC is Ending; the Mobile Era Has Begun
  • Reintroducing Client/Server
  • Are We There Yet?

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