There’s Just No Getting around It: You’re Building a Distributed System

There are many reasons why an organization would need to build a distributed system, but here are two examples: The demands of a consumer Web site/API or multitenant enterprise application simply exceed the computing capacity of any one machine. An enterprise moves an existing application, such as a three-tier system, onto a cloud service provider in order to save on hardware/data-center costs.

(Full Story: http://queue.acm.org/detail.cfm?id=2482856 )

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