Systems Architecture

  • AUTHOR: Stephen D. Burd
  • ISBN-13: 9780538475334 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 672 Pages  Paperback 
  • 6th Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2006, 2003, 2001
  • ©2011     Published
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About The Product

Systems Architecture, Sixth Edition, is the most comprehensive introduction to information systems hardware and software in business. This new edition remains an indispensable tool for IS students, emphasizing a managerial, broad systems perspective for a holistic approach to systems architecture. Each chapter has been updated thoroughly to reflect the changing nature of new technologies, and all end-of-chapter material has been enhanced and expanded.


  • Designed to give students majoring in information systems the appropriate level and coverage of technical topics.
  • Background material is presented in simple terms yet emphasizes a managerial, broad systems perspectives for a holistic approach to both hardware and software.
  • Business Focus and Technical Focus sections in chapters provide concrete examples of current technologies and related managerial issues.
  • A comprehensive student support Web site ( provides EOC answers, a hyperlinked glossary, and research links for more in-depth study.

About the Contributor

  • Stephen D. Burd

    Dr. Stephen Burd is an Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico, where he has been teaching courses in management information systems, networks, databases, and hardware/software since 1984. The author of more than seven top-selling textbooks for Course Technology and Cengage Learning, Dr. Burd brings significant strengths and industry knowledge to this text. He received his B.B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Baltimore and his Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Table of Contents

1. Computer Technology: Your Need to Know.
2. Introduction to Systems Architecture.
3. Data Representation.
4. Processor Technology and Architecture.
5. Data Storage Technology.
6. System Integration and Performance.
7. Input/Output Technology.
8. Data and Network Communication Technology.
9. Computer Networks.
10. Application Development.
11. Operating Systems.
12. File and Secondary Storage Management.
13. Internet and Distributed Application Services.
14. System Administration.
Appendix: Measurement Units.

New to this Edition

  • Updated technology coverage, including multiprocessor and multicomputer architecture, virtualization, and cloud computing.
  • Expanded coverage of network and system security issues.
  • Revised end-of-chapter material covers all key technologies.