2.3 Relational and Native XML Database Technology
“Several vendors have announced or released XML-enabled versions of their relational or object-oriented DBMS products. All of these products feature a kernel architecture that is not optimized for XML queries and information retrieval. The fragmented way in which RDBMS and ODBMS store complex data structures can lead to performance problems. While these database systems will offer some capabilities for XML storage and retrieval, they also have to carry forward a compatibility mode for all the existing customer applications. This will slow the pace of XML innovation in these systems. For optimal performance, native implementation is the only acceptable approach in the XML database arena.”
Source: The XML Shockwave, pp. 15-16, SoftwareAG 2002.
“Native XML servers provide the high speed search mechanisms that make it ideally suited to act as a UDDI registry and repository.”
Source: Tamino-XML Server, page 16, White Paper, SoftwareAG,