RE: Is a RDBMS needed?

From: Mercadante, Thomas F (LABOR) <"Mercadante,>
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2011 11:52:57 -0400
Message-ID: <AD4532B304E00C4F9AEFA0D338DF7DD10118FD3BBF_at_excnysm95banp.nysemail.nyenet>

Does anyone have this running in a production environment? Can you get references?

It's nice to be cutting edge (sometimes). But do you really want to be the only one using this product in a prod environment and discover all the bugs yourself?

Are there any third party tools that support this?

Sorry. Been around a bit. It may be the best thing since sliced bread. But if the industry does not go this way, you are hanging out on a lone single branch.

From: [] On Behalf Of Blake Wilson Sent: Thursday, June 09, 2011 11:23 AM
Subject: Is a RDBMS needed?

Here at the University of Western Ontario we are looking at replacing our current Learning Management System. The current choices seem to be similar in technology and infrastructure - web tier, load balancer, application tier, back end RDBMS and some sort of content management system for the course content.

However, the next release of one of our options will not have a RDBMS in the solution. It will be replaced by Apache Jackrabbit. The new system will have everything treated as content, including grades, test questions and answers, discussion threads, syllabi, personal profiles, chat messages, and so on.

This seems like quite a departure from normal RDBMS based solutions. Is this a good idea? Am I being a dinosaur by thinking that this is not a good idea? Do I need to keep up with the times? Is this the future of databases? This really looks to me like a return to design of 20 years ago.

Blake Wilson

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