Session D110 - Database Futures White Paper Presentation
February 29 - March 4, 1988
A "White Paper" is a formal recommendation for a new product, or substantial
changes to existing products. They are written over a period of years
and formally presented at SHARE meetings. This particular paper was sponsored
by the SHARE database project (although in fact it was the work of a single
individual - as such I expect IBM will take it less seriously).
The White Paper pointed out a number of deficiencies in the current IBM
DBMS product line, and suggested gross improvements. Among the observations:
- Current products are not reliable enough. Software failures are not
acceptable. In the event of a failure, the future DBMS should
automatically recover without human intervention.
- Continuous operation is critical. In support of continuous operation,
the future DBMS must support online utilities, and allow an installation
to update resource tables without interruption of service.
- Unattended operation is important. Current DBMS products require a
master console operator.
- Distributed data requirements: data must be available from any system
transparently, with no external evidence of network navigation. The
network of DBMSs should put forward a "single system" image. The
future DBMS should provide the ability to replicate data at two sites
for purposes of redundancy and improved performance, automatically
synchronizing them in real-time.
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