Microservices architecture Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing microservices and related software products. You can find additional definitions by visiting WhatIs.com or using the search box below.

  • M

    microservices

    Microservices, or microservice architecture, is an approach to application development in which a large application is built as a suite of modular components or services.

  • microsite

    As used in at least one leading Web design book, a microsite is a separately promoted part of a larger Web site.

  • middleware

    Middleware is the software that connects network-based requests generated by a client to the back-end data the client is requesting.

  • MIM (MME)

    A MIM or MME file is a file in the Multi-Purpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) format that is created by some e-mail programs, including that of America Online (AOL), to encapsulate e-mail that contains image or program attachments.

  • minisite

    A minisite is a small Web site with a narrow subject focus or few pages that is sometimes a section in a larger Web site.

  • mobile application development

    Mobile application development is the set of processes and procedures involved in writing software for small, wireless computing devices such as smartphones or tablets. Tests

  • mobile middleware

    Mobile middleware is software that connects disparate mobile applications, programs and systems.

  • mobile virtual network operator (MVNO)

    A mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) is a services provider in the mobile device industry that provides wireless communications services including voice and data to customers over a wireless network infrastructure owned by a third-party mobile network operator (MNO).

  • Mozilla

    Mozilla was Netscape Communication's nickname for Navigator, its first Web browser, and the name of an open source public collaboration created to develop Navigator.

  • MPEG standards (Moving Picture Experts Group)

    The MPEG standards are an evolving set of standards for video and audio compression and for multimedia delivery developed by the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG).

  • MQSeries

    MQSeries is an IBM software family whose components are used to tie together other software applications so that they can work together.

  • multilink bundle

    A multilink bundle is a collection of simultaneously opened bandwidth channels, including video and data links, that are coherently and logically controlled by preset commands.

  • N

    native code

    Native code is computer programming (code) that is compiled to run with a particular processor and its set of instructions.

  • Netfinity

    IBM's Netfinity is an Intel-based enterprise server line that is based on IBM's X-architecture.

  • netmask

    In administering Internet sites, a netmask is a string of 0's and 1's that mask or screen out the network part of an IP address(IP) so that only the host computer part of the address remains.

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