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Base One Internet Server (BIS)
Extending databases across the Internet

Base One Internet Server - transparent database access across the Internet Base One's patented Internet Server allows interactive and batch applications to be unconcerned with database location. The Internet Server acts as a transparent "proxy" for the actual database server, receiving messages to execute database operations, and sending messages back with database results. This enables applications to perform information storage and retrieval using the same syntax regardless of database location.

Simply by being programmed with BFC's database API, Windows applications automatically gain the ability to operate on any remote database that has BIS on its LAN. Database I/O is programmed just as it would be for traditional client/server applications that use local databases, but the application can also operate against databases across the Internet - without any change to the code. BIS and database applications can run on any regular Windows client or server computer.

Typically the Internet Servers are installed inside a secure room, along with web servers and the database servers handling the actual database I/O.

As a further precaution, programmers can easily add custom security modules to the Internet Servers and remote applications, so that their TCP/IP traffic is automatically encrypted. (Examples of custom encryption are included in the sample projects.) In any case, whatever the physical arrangement of servers and regardless of the location of the client application, no additional multi-tier programming is necessary.

Executing database calls through BIS also eliminates the need for DBMS client software to be installed on client workstations or application servers. Once an application uses the Database Library for all of its database access, no vendor-specific database client software is required on that computer - only regular TCP/IP messaging capabilities. If a database is on the same LAN as an application, then the standard database communication drivers can be used, but these are not required if an Internet Server is also available on the LAN. A standard TCP/IP connection for Internet or intranet communication is all an application needs to send database requests and receive responses. Since applications can do efficient, secure database access without direct database connectivity, risky transmission of database passwords can be entirely eliminated.

How BIS provides transparent database access across the Internet

Rich Client applications use BFC's Database Library to access data, without having to know whether the data is stored locally or across the Internet. This architecture also makes it possible for application programs to work with any of the major database products (SQL Server, Access, Oracle, DB2, Sybase, or MySQL), without any DBMS-specific programming. As an additional benefit, the Database Library can provide substantial speedups through its intelligent, automatic caching.

The central innovation that makes this possible (U.S. Patent 6,738,775) is the internal division of the Database Library into a request side and a reply side. When operating against a local database, both sides communicate directly with each other, running on a single machine. To access a database across the Internet, the request side on the client computer communicates through TCP/IP with the reply side, running on a Base One Internet Server residing at a remote location. In this way, BIS relieves application developers from all of the complexities of Internet connectivity.

BIS' integration into Base One's Database Library makes Internet access transparent

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