A platform is a toolset for building technology services. This typically includes APIs and user interfaces for configuring, customizing, designing and developing software or infrastructure services. Platforms can be low level or high level, modern or legacy. The following are a common types of computing platform.
Hardware PlatformA line of hardware that are compatible with each other. In many cases, hardware vendors will maintain backward compatibility for decades.
Operating SystemsOperating systems provide a platform for developing and managing software with support for a variety of hardware.
Client/ServerPlatforms for client/server software such as web servers.
Mobile PlatformThe hardware/software environment for developing mobile apps for a particular type of device.
Cloud PlatformPlatforms for developing, deploying and managing cloud infrastructure, software and services.
Platform as a ServicePlatforms that offer a complete environment for developing cloud based services.
Third PlatformA buzzword for platforms with support for modern features such as mobile computing, social media, cloud computing, big data and internet of things.
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