A pizza box is the rectangular-shaped box in which a computer server is enclosed. It is a horizontally placed framework, usually with a number of similar servers along with it. The term ‘pizza box’ is used because the casing of the server closely resembles the thin size and shape of a pizza box, hence the name.
A Web-based application refers to any program that is accessed over a network connection using HTTP, rather than existing within a device’s memory. Web-based applications often run inside a Web browser. However, Web-based applications also may be client-based, where a small part of the program is downloaded to a user’s desktop, but processing is done over the Internet on an external server.
Web-based applications are also known as Web apps.
There is a lot of confusion created by the use of terms like Web-based, Internet-based and cloud-based when referring to applications. Web-based applications actually encompass all the applications that communicate with the user via HTTP. This includes light applications like Flash games, online calculators, calendars, and so on, as well as more intensive applications that use HTTP.
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