Distributed Computing Environment (DCE) is a software system developed in the early 1990s from the work of the Open Software Foundation (OSF), a consortium (founded in 1988) that included Apollo Computer (part of Hewlett-Packard from 1989), IBM, Digital Equipment Corporation, and others.

Distributed Computing Environment supplies a framework and a toolkit for developing client/server applications. The framework includes:

Distributed Computing Environment represented a big step in the direction of standardization of architectures, which had previously been manufacturer-dependent. Like the OSI-Model,

Distributed Computing Environment has not seen much success in practical implementation; however, its underlying concepts have had more substantial influence over subsequent efforts.

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