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The Data Access Handbook: Achieving Optimal Database Application Performance and Scalability by Robert A. Steward, John Goodson

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CHAPTER THREE: Database Middleware: Why It’s Important

Database middleware is important to performance because it plays a significant role in how your database applications perform. Whether your database application services a doctor viewing X-rays, a person getting money from an ATM, a customer waiting for a credit card transaction to process at a department store, or a handyman waiting for a paint color to match at a building supply store, the performance of your application depends on your database middleware and how efficiently the data is moved at high speeds with high user counts.

In fact, as we stated in Chapter 1, “Performance Isn’t What It Used to Be,” in a well-tuned environment, 75% to 95% of the time necessary to process a data ...

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