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   Re: [xml-dev] Jim Gray article on Next Generation Databases

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Peter Hunsberger wrote:

>On 5/4/05, Jonathan Robie <jonathan.robie@datadirect.com> 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 don't think such a beast is necessarily centralized, it's just
>highly integrated.  I doubt that the users (whomever they may be)
>understand what they are asking for in direct terms. But as the
>article and this thread points out, the market seems to be building
>this whether the users want it or not.  Oracles vision of the DB as an
>OS is well known. MS is adding some form of DB into the middle of its
>next OS (some time real soon now, well maybe sort of). IBM continues
>to integrate everything into one massive WebSphere/DB2 conglomerate.
back to the future - os/400 (system 36/38), and mumps, and the apple 
lisa, and the prime thing as well...... to mention a couple of 
approaches to this problem.

>Does all that mean no middle layer? My guess is, not as we know it
>today: you've got a general purpose data manager and a "client" and a
>general purpose network.  The only value add a separate and distinct
>middle layer can add is transformation.  (I'm assuming reliable
>delivery etc. is now part of the "network").  This sort of suggests
>that the middle layer as we often think about it today (transaction
>management) is actually an orthogonal concern to the DB/client
>relationship; no one building applications should be worrying about it
>in the long term.
>If all this is true, one interesting result is that one can expect the
>companies building "Enterprise Service Buses" to be acquired and
>disappear... Oh, and XSLT, or it it's next incarnation, will be even
>more valuable than ever ;-)

fn:Rick  Marshall
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