Content management in a box

“Can I have two of those to go, please?”

A recent announcement from Oracle talks about an OLTP database machine. I’ll let you read the details and other comments in the official announcement and blogosphere.

When I received this pre-announcement over the weekend I appreciated the synergy between the two product lines: RDBMS and server. The RDBMS runs on a server.. why not make a specially tuned RDBMS to run on a specific hardware and also tune the hardware to generate a whooping performance for that specific software? While I’m not sure the new Oracle product does all this, I can imagine it.

Now, back to our nice little ECM world. CM software is captive to the RDBMS. Its performance depends on it. The licensing goes hand in hand… You rarely (if ever) can use a major ECM suite without a properly setup RDBMS. Why is that? Well, I can think of several reasons like ease of deployment, portability, reasonable performance, time-to-market… but the question still remains: “Why not have a CM server?” One box to deliver it all. A CM “appliance”. An “Apple CM”… all in one box, no replaceable battery.

As I know EMC products quite well, it’s obvious this would be a very nice use case for xDB. Let’s see if the R&D can pull it off – I would do it until end of 2010 if I was EMC and release it in 2011. I could really use a Documentum package which does not need a DB license/product and runs at least acceptable if not better.

Back to the “box” idea (I really like the Apple analogy) I’m not necessarily talking here about the “no database CMs” (like the list here). I’m talking about a full fledged, powerful and highly performance CM which is “in tune” with its medatata storage (based on a RDBMS or not….).

I’m pretty sure somebody already has this in their lab or even shop. I have a PhD thesis which is almost on this, and I’m probably not the most innovative guy in the world. I would love to learn about any such initiatives, but I’m too lazy today to search for it today… that’s another to do post-it.

It is being said that crisis times are the best drivers for innovation. Really?

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