Joe Pluta wrote:That's exactly what I'm thinking. I think I've actually used the term "business logic appliance". In this day of plug and play, nobody should care. As long as it talks via standard protocols (such as REST or web services) and can be confgiured via a web interface, it's no different than a router or a firewall appliance. Do you really care what's running underneath? The only difference is that it will support lots of users incredibly quickly; my guess is the cost per user interaction would be very low.
Personally, I'm a big fan of the black box "business logic server". ISVs can write super-powerful high performance business logic that uses both SQL and native access as necessary and supplies interfaces via browser, web service and REST. It can run in a partition on a tower, or on a blade in a rack.
Just think of RPG as power tools for DB2: when you really, really need to get there faster than SQL can do it.
I like it.
A p,i and z consolidation would allow IBM to start on the merging of the 3 flavors of DB2. Keeping native access (ISAM,VSAM or whatever you want to call it) would of course be essential to us.
Call it a black box or some kind of DB2 OS/LPAR/appliance.