From the Back Cover
Distributed information systems, based on the client/server model, are at the heart of today's computing world and underpin the next generation of information systems. An increasing number of these systems now integrate multiple media types distributed across multiple servers connected by high-speed networks, for applications such as World-Wide Web information services, videoconferencing and customer information kiosks. Distributed information systems development involves the integration of many technologies and components. Distributed Information Systems: From Client/Server to Distributed Multimedia takes a distinctive information systems view of the distributed systems area, emphasizing key development in database technology, multimedia, information networks and open distributed processing. The four-part coverage spans an introduction to the key concepts, high-speed networks and information systems, and the crucial issues of management, standards and security.