The Heavy-Duty Database Showdown: Oracle vs. IBM

July 30, 2003

[From TechNewsWorld]

Although databases have been a fundamental component of the enterprise IT stable for decades, they now seem to be multiplying faster than ever before, both in number and importance.

Many enterprises now rely on hundreds or thousands of databases, and administering them has become a major challenge, Noel Yuhanna, senior industry analyst at Forrester Research, told the E-Commerce Times. As a result, companies are looking for easier tools with which to manage their environments.

Enter the Relational Database Management System, or RDBMS. According to online dictionary Webopedia, an RDBMS "is a type of database management system (DBMS) that stores data in the form of related tables."

Because such tables do not, for the most part, restrict the ways in which their information is organized or expressed, the data may be sorted in myriad ways. Moreover, the information stored in a single database may extend across many tables, depending on a user's needs.

Weighing the Requirements
Many variables, including price and technological requirements, influence which RDBMS software a business decides to use, Gartner Dataquest principal analyst Colleen Graham told the E-Commerce Times.

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