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There is no doubt in the fact that humongous amounts of data get generated on a daily basis from various applications, business sites in different formats. But, how do you think, we can handle data present in various formats and generate useful insights. Well, to do that, we need the database management systems(DBMS). In this article, I will explain to you what is DBMS in the following sequence:
Before we understand about DBMS, let us understand what is a database and how it plays an important role in database management systems.
As the name suggests, a database is a place where all the data gets stored in a structured format. It helps the users to easily access, manage and update the required information. So, in layman terms you can understand, a database as a big container wherein all the information about a website, or an application is stored in a structured format.
For example, a company can have various details of employees, such as name, empID, email, blood group, salary, and so on. All these details can be stored in a database with the name “Employee” in a structured format such as tables, hierarchy, etc.
In any organization, be it a startup or a hyper-growth company, many databases can be present, but it is very important to manage those databases in a proper manner. So, next in this article let us understand how to manage these databases.
DBMS or Database Management System is a software application used to access, create, and manage databases. With the help of DBMS, you can easily create, retrieve and update data in databases. A DBMS consists of a group of commands to manipulate the database and acts as an interface between the end-users and the database. Refer below.
Database Management Systems also aims to facilitate an overview of the databases, by providing a variety of administrative operations such as tuning, performance monitoring, and backup recovery.
Database Management Systems allows users to do the following:
The following are a few characteristics of DBMS:
To limit the permissions of the users
Provide multiple views of the single database schema
Facilitates security and removes data redundancy
Allows multi-user transaction processing and sharing of data
Follows the ACID property
Offers both physical and logical data independence
Following are the different types of DBMS:
Some of the popular DBMS software are MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, SQLite, MariaDB, MS SQL Server, etc. All these software are based on different types of DBMS available in the market. So, it is completely the users choice, on which type of database will suit his/ her data, and prove beneficial to generate meaningful insights.
Few of the advantages of the database management system are as follows:
It offers a variety of methods to store and retrieve various formats of data using the query language.
It can be easily maintained because of its nature of a centralized database system.
Facilitates multiple applications using the same data with less development and maintenance time.
Provides data security and integrity with minimal data duplicity and redundancy.
Has automatic backup and recovery systems to create an automatic backup of data.
Authorizes users who can view, share and access data.
Databases Management Systems are often complex systems.
Few of the DBMS available in the market are licensed. So, you have to pay to us that DBMS in your organization.
Most leading companies store their data in a single database. Hence, if that database is damaged due to any reason, the complete data would be lost.
DBMS that you wish to use might not be compatible with an organization’s operational requirements.
DBMS are large in size and need time to setup.
Well folks, with that we come to an end to this article on DBMS. I hope you found this article informative. If you wish to learn more about the commands used in DBMS, you can refer to my article on SQL commands.
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