The Middleware Services group is responsible for research, development, and implementation of infrastructure components to support identifiers, authentication and authorization services. Some of these infrastructure components include directories, directory-enabled applications and messaging systems.
Our current projects focus on the creation of the Enterprise Directory, a key piece of infrastructure that will serve as a repository for much of the person, group, and service information required by applications.
In an ad campaign for its E-commerce product line, IBM referred to Middleware as “the sweet, nougaty center of infrastructure.” Internet2's Middleware site calls it the glue between the network and applications. In general, it is software that users rarely see as it usually does not have a user interface. It relies heavily on open standards (such as LDAP and XML), and facilitates the exchange of data between systems.
Middleware's opensource projects have moved to Github