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Jul 27 2012   3:34PM GMT

What’s the difference between an architecture and an infrastructure?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
In information technology, an ___________ specifies the overall structure, logical components, and the logical interrelationships of an information system.
a. architecture
b. infrastructure

Answer: a.

An architecture is a conceptual model of the components of some IT system; infrastructure is the hardware components.

Reminds me a bit of how some anonymous wag thought to differentiate hardware from software:

Those parts of the system that you can hit with a hammer are called hardware; those program instructions that you can only curse at are called software. – Anonymous

That’s one of the entries in Our Favorite Technology Quotations. If you liked it, there’s lots more where that came from.

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