Superbase has revealed plans to launch a peer-to-peer client-server version of its database next January. The new version will be able to use almost any network connection, including the Internet, as the communications medium.
Superbase 3.6i, to be targeted at small to medium businesses, aims to eliminate the need for a centralised server, allowing any client or group of clients to be used as a server. In addition to using an Internet or intranet to link the peers, the connection can also be made through a LAN, WAN or modem link.
The system can use any remote workstation as a server to run queries and process forms, or as a print server, or to run a Superbase application.
It is possible to run 50 client tasks on a single computer while it is acting as a server for 200 clients so issues such as security and intrusive use of processor time on peer machines have had to be addressed. With the Superbase can simultaneously access data stored on several machines from within a single application or query.
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