XML Server can be a Web Server that stores XML files in it and serves them on demand. The XML Server would have processing capabilities with an XML engine and to transform XML document to other forms. Basically a server which hosts and serves XML documents is called a XML Server.
There are many commercially available XML Servers in market. The popular among them are Tamino Server, Sonic Server and FDX XML Server. Though basic functions of these servers are same way they are implemented and features that they support varies.
The Tamino XML Server is from Software AG and is used to publish and exchange all kinds of data especially XML documents in native format. It handles open standards. Leveraging on XML technologies will improve an organizations data access.
Exchange of data between different applications on different platforms is possible using XML technologies. Hence organizations are moving on to store their data in XML format to take advantage of XML technologies. Storing data in XML format improves performance of delivery and scalability of your applications with low operational and administrative costs.
In traditional relational databases, data is stored in rows and columns which can be too complex. But in case of an XML Server such complexity is avoided and any data can be stored which includes even multimedia files and even relational data. These data can be easily retrieved at lightning speed using a Tamino XML Server.
To retrieve data that is requested by any application, XQuery is used in Tamino XML Server. This server implements XQuery specification draft. Hence queries on server can be issued using internet and data can be returned in any format by using XSL style sheets. Thus customers can manipulate format of presentation of data that is presented using style sheets. High speed retrieval of data is possible in XML Server.
The Tamino XML Server is robust, reliable, and scalable. It is used in mission critical environments and there is almost no failure and loss of data. It is reliable in sense it supports backup of data that can be stored in external devices or remote devices and used in clustered environments. The number of users can be increased and load on server can also be increased.
The document structure can take additional elements without changing entire structure of data store. These characteristics of XML Server help it to be used in mission critical environments. Developers can develop XML applications very faster by using Tamino XML Server. It can be easily integrated with application servers.