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Developers tend to use the most familiar technologies. For data storage, that is the relational database. During design it's easy to see tables of data everywhere; however, not everything is relational in nature. When dealing with XML data or data easily expressed as XML, XQuery-based native XML databases (NXDs) present a viable and cost-effective alternative to relational databases, file system storage, or custom developed storage implementations. So, when is it time to consider an NXD? Can native XML databases really provide a better answer for your data storage needs? In this article we'll examine some guidelines to help answer that question. When to Consider a Native XML Database Do you have thousands of XML files? Is your XML data larger than 200MB? Are you trying to build a hierarchy into tables? Could your data change over time? Have you spent more that $100... (more)