In simple terms, SQL Server middleware—such as OLE DB or .NET providers
and ODBC and Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) database access drivers—provides
a connection between an application and a database.The SQL Server middleware
processes application requests and presents them to a back-end database in a
language, structure, or syntax that conforms to the requirements of the database
server, then returns the data to the application.
Microsoft seems to be bent on marginalizing SQL Server Standard Edition—both in the sense of the artificial constraints placed upon how much memory it can use, and in terms of what seems to be a shift in focus on the role of Standard Edition from Microsoft....More