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When I have done this sort of thing before - database shared across applications, I find it best to have a single "engine" management service that handles the database - and all apps interface with that. This allows for single place for database code changes - new tables etc - and also managing access, turning on/off application access, security, downtime ...


When a flood of messages is received from a particular X (say X1), Y should try and combine the messages (removed duplicates, etc.) without any loss of information and then send the messages at pace that Z would be able to handle. All this while messages from other Xs would be processed (by Y) and be sent to Z.

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