Software AG debuts XML database
- By John x_Zyskowski
- Jun 05, 2000
A newcomer to the federal market, German company Software AG is hoping to
gain mindshare quickly by offering a new product designed to grease the
gears of government e-commerce projects.
Software AG's Tamino is an information server built specifically to
support Extensible Markup Language (XML), a data standard that is expected
by many industry experts to become the lingua franca of e-commerce systems.
Agencies and their industry partners can use Tamino and its related
software development tools to build XML-based applications. What sets Tamino
apart from the much more common relational database management systems (RDBMS)
in use for enterprise applications today is the way it stores, retrieves
and exchanges data in XML as its native format.
Several RDBMS vendors have added XML support to their products, typically
by providing add-on services or extensions that convert the XML data into
the relational database structure. But Helmut Wilke, Software AG's president
and chief executive officer, said Tamino is more efficient than RDBMS because
it provides a hierarchical structure that more closely resembles the organization
of XML objects.
In addition to its core content- management capabilities, Tamino provides
many of the features needed to support full application services, such as
transaction management, event logging and multilayer security. It can also
store a wide range of data objects, including HTML or XML pages, audio or
video multimedia files and relational data from other RDBMS.
Besides e-commerce, another application that will interest government
information technology managers is using XML to standardize the way image
files such as satellite photos are indexed and stored. The problem with
image files has been that they are usually managed in proprietary computer
systems, which makes them difficult to share and access from other systems.
Tamino is available for Windows NT with prices starting at $25,000