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Chapter 25. Connecting to Client/Server ... > Creating Scalable Access Application...

Creating Scalable Access Applications

Regardless of the linguistic legitimacy of terms such as rightsizing, these words have become ingrained in today's computerese. Each of these expressions relates to the scalability of applications. Scalable applications can run on a variety of platforms, communicate by industry-standard LAN and wide area networking (WAN) protocols, and access data stored in a variety of different types of databases. 32-bit Access 97 runs under Windows 95 or Windows NT 3.51+, so Access itself is moderately scalable. Access 97 is a threaded application and Jet 3.5 is multithreaded; thus, Access can take advantage of the symmetrical multiprocessing (SMP) capabilities of Windows NT running on workstations with multiple processors. Windows NT runs on Intel-based PCs and RISC systems, such as DEC Alpha servers and IBM PowerPC platforms, but you need a version of Access 97 that's compiled for the specific RISC processor in use. It remains to be seen whether Microsoft intends to release versions of Office 97 for use with Windows NT running on RISC machines.

On the networking front, Windows 95 and Windows NT support the three most common networking protocols: NetBEUI, IPX/SPX, and TCP/IP. Following is a brief description of each of these protocols:


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