1. Hardware :
Hardware, as name suggest, are simply physical component of computer i.e. input device, processing devices, output devices and storage devices as well as make computer device work and execute tasks.
2. Middleware :
Middleware, as name suggests, are simply a type of software that handle various functions such as data management, application services, authentication, API management, etc. and provide services to application.
Difference between Hardware and Middleware :
|Hardware are physical parts or devices or components that together makes computer system.||Middleware are software lies between operating system and application.|
|It is used to facilitate computing operations along with taking input and output or storing computed results.||It provide common services and capabilities to application other than what’s is offered by operating system.|
|Features of hardware includes processor, disk space, memory, usability, etc.||Features of middleware includes reusability, self-discovery, self-configuration, flexibility, integration, etc.|
|Benefits of hardware includes reduce costs, improve customer service, develop effective communication, increase efficiency, etc.||Benefits of middleware includes streamline process, improve efficiency, create different types of networked application, etc.|
|Its main purpose is make computer system work efficiently.||Its main purpose is to enable communication and data management for distributed applications and connects two software together.|
|Hardware’s are important for computer to work properly and computer cannot function without computer hardware’s.||Middleware support modern and popular runtimes for a variety of uses cases and thats why it is important.|
|Hardware are hard, physical and can be touched.||Middleware are software’s that cannot be touched.|
|Hardware’s are mostly visible.||Middleware’s are mostly invisible.|
|Hardware’s are designed to support functions such as input, processing, output, secondary storage and communication.||Middleware’s are designed to support number of application architectures and eliminate difficulty of integration.|