A Comparative Analysis of Database Software Programs

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Comparative Analysis of Database Software Programs Introduction All enterprise software applications rely on databases to provide the necessary data, data structures, integration, security and reporting to ensure corporate-wide systems and platforms can deliver information when and where it is needed. From this perspective, databases are the catalyst of enterprise software growth and stability. The intent of this analysis is to compare the most critical attributes of Microsoft Access, SQL, IBM DB2 and Oracle enterprise database platforms. Based on the analysis completed for this study, the most critical features that need to be include in the analysis are ACID (atomicity, consistency, isolation, durability) compliant data structures, support for data partitioning, options for interfacing and integration, referential integrity of the database data structures, supported operating environments including operating systems, and extent of support for transaction processing. Additionally the ability of a database to support localization through Unicode is also included in the comparison. Each of these factors is briefly described below and included in a comparison table. Definition of Comparison Factors Each of the databases included in this analysis share the common attribute of support relational data structures, and inherently have the ability to index, create, modify and integrate complex taxonomies together to created a unified data architecture(Basumallick, Wong, 1996).
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