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MPbase is a truly open database environment. It is also
very network-centric using TCP/IP as its primary method of communication
to and from the physical data. MPbase gets its performance
from its parallel nature and its efficiencies and can afford to
be network-attached and still achieve industry-leading performance.
If the application can talk to a UNIX socket, Telnet, HTML, XML,
or in any way communicate with the UNIX command line, MPbase
can do the rest. Part of the definition of an MPbase "view"
is any needed protocol and/or formatting of both the request,
and the result-set.
This allows MPbase to be used in environments where the
calling program's request format and result-set format cannot
be changed. This also allows different environments with different
communication requirements to communicate to the same MPbase
at the same time.
Finally, a single database usable by all of the computer environments
in your shop!
Here is a real world example. A single database was accessed by
MVS (TSO/Batch), HPUX (HP's UNIX), Solaris (SUN's UNIX), AIX (IBM's
UNIX), HTML (WWW / Internet), Windows 3.11/95 (BSD Socket). In
addition each "view" supported multiple versions of
the application code including changes to both request, and result-set
formats. All from the same database at the same time!
In the future MPbase may even add direct database access through the NFS interface. This would allow the DBA to set up "flat file" database views mountable through NFS. This would completely eliminate the need for the applications to even be aware of the database. These views could be "canned" queries set up to feed current systems' real time information.
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