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What is a Database?

Published on March 31, 2021
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By Lyn Muldrow
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What is a Database?

A database is a collection of structured information organized in a way that it can be easily accessed, managed, and updated by computer programs.

Complex databases often use more formalized structures and design patterns, typically defined by a Database Management System (DBMS). There are many different types of common database management systems, some using design patterns like the Relational Model and NoSQL, with query languages like SQL.

To learn more about databases and database management, visit our comprehensive list of educational resources on Databases.


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