An off-board server is a server that executes as a proxy for a legacy system. It communicates with the legacy system using the custom protocols supported by the legacy system. It communicates with external applications using industry-standard protocols.
Ram Dhan Yadav (SCJP, SCWCD, SCJA-I, IBM EC(483))
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