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Services Technology

The field of service technology is a keystone foundation of cloud computing that formed the basis of the "as-a-service" cloud delivery models. Several prominent service technologies that are used to realize and build upon cloud-based environments are described in this section.

About Web-based Services

Reliant on the use of standardized protocols, Web-based services are self-contained units of logic that support interoperable machine-to-machine interaction over a network. These services are generally designed to communicate via non-proprietary technologies in accordance with industry standards and conventions. Because their sole function is to process data between computers, these services expose APIs and do not have user interfaces. Web services and REST services represent two common forms of Web-based services.

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