Server-side image storage

LizardTech has recently (?) released a solution (Spatial Express) to store JPEG2000 and MrSID images natively in Oracle Spatial. This brings to mind the existing and upcoming server based solutions for imagery such as EarthWhere and ESRI’s Image Server. Most of these options allow for direct access and for access through the WMS standard. For anyone who is storing imagery in SDE you know that it is useful, but I am hoping that these new solutions will provide the same step up for rasters that SDE and other spatial database have represented for vectors.