Re: Is a RDBMS needed?

From: Hans Forbrich <>
Date: Thu, 09 Jun 2011 12:38:22 -0600
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Any technology is potentially useful under certain circumstances.

I'd be asking the bigger 'how does this fit in our organization' questions:

- do we have the skills to support it?  How 'spensive to get 'em?
- what is the backup/recovery strategy and has it been proven?
- what are the manageability capabilities?
- how scalable is it? (proof needed, not just a bit-head's assertion)
- are there references?

Sounds like the management would deem this to be a mission critical app. So I'd like some proof that the content management is robust.

As a fellow dinosaur, I think you are correct in raising the questions. Get someone with experience in the technology to provide trustworthy answers. ;-)


On 09/06/2011 9:22 AM, Blake Wilson wrote:
> 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.
> Thanks,
> Blake Wilson

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