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Chapter 40. Advanced Database Techniques > When to Use Larger Systems

When to Use Larger Systems

By now you are likely wondering why you'd bother using multiple tiers for a Web application. After all, you've already seen how Microsoft Access databases are easy to use and integrate with FrontPage 2000. In reality, there are many reasons you would consider approaches other than just Access for creating Web applications. Among the top reasons are performance, reliability, robustness, and security.

Industrial-Strength Databases

Microsoft Access is a terrific application that is very easy to use from an end-user's perspective. However, it was originally designed to be a more personal database system—a small workgroup database system at most. In the world of the Internet, where a Web site could receive thousands of visitors within an hour, a small database system is not capable of the stress that a high-volume Web site generates. More advanced database management systems, such as Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle, can be used. These systems have been designed years ago as mission-critical database engines for large volumes of data. They have many of the features that a smaller database system (such as older versions of Access or dBASE files) may not contain.


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