An Introduction to DBMS

An Introduction to DBMS

by Sanjay Nair February 17, 2018

An Introduction to DBMS

  • DBMS is the acronym for Database Management System. The word database can be divided as follows. Database + Management System.
  • Database consists of the collection of data and management system is something that stores and retrieves those data as per the needs of the user.
  • From this we can define DBMS as:
  • DBMS is a collection of data that is inter related and a set of programs that can store and retrieve those data as per user needs.

Why should we use DBMS or Database Management System?

  • We use Database systems in order to store and manage large amounts of data.
  • When we need to manage large amounts of data, then we need some amount of optimization related to:
  • Storing of data and
  • Accessing the data

Data Storage:

  • If the database system follows the principles, then the database stores data in such a way that it requires a lot less space by eliminating the redundant data.
  • Let us take an example to understand the situation.
  • Suppose a customer has 2 bank accounts.
  • One for the customer’s savings and another for storing the salary.
  • Let us assume that the bank stores the savings account information at one place and salary account information in another.
  • In such a situation, the information like the customers name, customer address etc are stored in 2 different places which is absolutely unnecessary as it wastes a lot of space.
  • So for better usage of storage space, such information should be stored at only one place and account data related to the 2 accounts should be linked with that information.
  • This same concept can be achieved using DBMS

Data Access:

  • Along with proper storage of data, it is also required that the stored data can be retrieved quickly when needed.
  • Here DBMS assures that the data can be retrieved as fast as possible.


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