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As a growing number of websites open up their APIs to external application developers (e.g., Facebook, Yahoo! Widgets, Google Gadgets), these websites are facing an intriguing scalability problem: while each user-generated application is by itself quite small (In terms of size and through-put requirements), there are many many such applications. Unfortunately, existing data-management solutions are not designed to handle this form of scalability in a cost-effective, manageable and/or flexible manner. For instance, large installations of commercial database systems such as Oracle, DB2 and SQL Server are usually very expensive and difficult to manage.
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