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Re: Jim Gray article on Next Generation Databases

jim gray middleware
On Wed, 4 May 2005 11:59 pm, Jonathan Robie wrote:
> Perhaps I'm reading too much into this, but in Gray's article, the
> vision does not seem to include a middle tier. The database becomes the
> center of the universe, and pretty much everything we associate with the
> middle tier becomes part of the database. The database also takes on
> some of the functionality traditionally associated with an operating
> system.
> How likely is this? Do users want that level of centralization?

I think that's pretty much right, and especially in smaller enterprises.

They don't want to "buy" middleware because they have no
comprehension of what it can or does actually do.

But they cough up for a "real" database, be it whatever, because
they've heard that they can be good and can understand what
they are.

As for the O/S (what it does), that's largely irrelivent now. Especially 
in a network setting.

One suggestion I would have for companies like mysql is to 
get their database running on something like morphix so that 
the whole thing becomes self-contained, and is just a
bootable CD. That would certainly suite a lot of smaller

And as an XML data store, I think that having something like
that would be pretty cool...


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