What does .NET Enterprise Server mean?
.NET Enterprise Server is a family of server products from Microsoft designed to build, integrate, manage and execute Web-based enterprise applications in a faster and simpler way.
.NET Enterprise Server has underlying technologies that can be used to integrate Commerce Server sites with enterprise information systems to build Web-based systems with better scalability, reliability, security, performance and integrity. By following open standards such as XML and SOAP, among others, .NET Enterprise Server products provide flexibility and interoperability with other applications to facilitate integration with multiple applications across multiple platforms.
Techopedia explains .NET Enterprise Server
.NET Enterprise Server was launched by Microsoft as an upgraded version of BackOffice Server 2000 to provide back-office services such as content management and data processing, which played a major role in providing access to enterprise resources across the network and the Web with the help of its underlying services. Its evolution from its predecessor technology indicates Microsoft's clear strategy to transition to meet the demands of enterprise software and technology by leveraging Internet infrastructure and its Web service solutions.
.NET Enterprise Server includes the following commonly used platforms:
- Commerce Server: A platform with a set of tools to create and manage fully-featured e-commerce sites catering to business scenarios including business-to-consumer (B2C), business-to-business (B2B) and B2X (a combination of B2C and B2B). It is used to build rapid online businesses and enables customers to improve site functionality, increase profitability and boost customer experience.
- Microsoft Biztalk Server: An XML-based application integration server offering services like enterprise application integration, business process automation and business activity monitoring. It provides a powerful Web-based development and execution environment that can integrate loosely coupled applications.
- Microsoft SQL Server: A relational model database server with scalable database, complex analysis and data warehousing tools along with development tool for developing data-driven applications.
- Microsoft Host Integration Server (MHIS): A comprehensive integration platform that enables users to integrate data, application and security in existing host systems with Windows and Web-based systems, AS/400s and mainframes so as to use existing large-scale legacy data stores in new applications.
.NET Enterprise Server's business value has improved through its combination with .NET and XML Web services because these solved the integration issues by providing flexible solutions to address an agile business's needs.
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