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RE: Grid skepticism

From: Orr, Steve <>
Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2004 08:54:26 -0600
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Interesting perspective on don-NOT vs J2EE. Seems like the fat vs thin client and the giant server vs many small servers debates are still not settled. Aspects of grid computing are appealing but I've still got a Missouri show-me attitude.=20

Eschewing complexity and embracing the simple life in Montana.

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Nuno Souto Sent: Friday, June 25, 2004 5:00 AM
Subject: Re: Grid skepticism

Orr, Steve apparently said,on my timestamp of 25/06/2004 2:12 AM:

> The article doesn't actually say that MySQL can do grid but in the=20
> immediate context the author is not clear as to what he's talking=20
> about.

Yes, very much so.

> Is the "problem:"=3D20
> 1) merely providing general database services; or=3D20
> 2) providing simultaneous access to the SAME data for 10,000=20
> concurrent sessions?=3D20

It can be both or one of them. The problem was not even identified by the article author, that is why the solution sounded hollow.

> the second problem. If you don't need to support an extremely large=20
> number of users having concurrent access the *same* data then why pay=20
> for this functionality when something much cheaper will do the job=20
> just fine?=3D20

The same argument applies against scalability: why waste time with the extremely complex and resource hungry J2EE (or equivalent environments) if all you'll ever need is a small workflow app to handle 20 users? Why bother with the scalability design metaphor at all if all you have is 30 users of a dumb app?

Horses for courses. That's why IMHO M$ has the correct design model with dot-NOT: they can cope with ANY architecture, from the ridiculously simple to the extremely complex. And they can take advantage of the power of the workstation. While J2EE insists on it being as dumb as a brick and completely wastes that resource.

Fact is: there is MUCH more processing power out there in desktops than there is in servers. Ain't gonna change anytime soon either. Use it to run useful stuff, not just screen savers or dumb rendering engines.

> I work at one of the world's top 25 ASP's and we can very effectively=20
> and cost efficiently throw MySQL/Linux servers at the "problem"=20
> because our database schemas are completely self-contained. So let's=20
> see, I have

Nothing wrong with that. Like I said in my last reply: use whatever matches your needs.

> Why pay for things you don't need? To preserve the customer base and=20
> keep people like me from moving to another RDBMS Oracle needs to=20
> provide a basic ANSI SQL database server for about $2K max per server.

Agreed 100%. Ken Jacobs had precisely the same idea. He was unfortunately over-ruled by the marketing "geniuses" at Oracle. Let's hope they didn't jeopardize the long term for the dubious advantage of 6 months of high profit sales...

Nuno Souto
in sunny Sydney, Australia

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