Database software is software that is designed to create databases and to store, manage, search, and extract the information contained within them.
Database software exists to protect the information in the database and ensure that it’s both accurate and consistent. Its functions include storage, backup and recovery, and presentation and reporting. It can also help your team with multi-user access control, security management, and database communication.
Online database software allows users to develop customized web-based applications without coding experience. It often includes editing and collaboration functionality, so that teams can easily discuss projects and share files.
Depending on the platform, users may also be able to build forms that can be housed on a website and deliver data directly to a database. Most online database software platforms also have advanced reporting capabilities.
Relational databases use Structured Querying Language (SQL) and manage transaction-oriented applications. They present data in tabular form, and provide relational operators to manipulate data in those tables. Many enterprise database management systems employ relational databases, especially for real-time web applications. Relational databases are beneficial especially when your application needs to handle complicated querying, or when you want to eliminate the process of manually joining and analyzing data.
A non-relational database isn't modeled by the tabular system used in the relational database, so it can easily incorporate and store all kinds of big data, including unstructured and semi-structured data.
This may require your team to perform multiple queries and join data manually, since non-relational databases store data without structured mechanisms to link data from different tables, and the design is generally less complex.
On-premise database software is implemented at an organization’s physical location. It uses the hardware and support of that organization, and the company’s IT department and infrastructure typically maintains and solves problems related to the software.
Hosted database software, or software-as-a-service, is owned, delivered, and managed remotely through the cloud by a provider separate from the purchasing organization. Hosted software can be customized to the individual company’s needs more easily, and generally allow users to scale up more quickly.
Desktop databases are designed to run on a single machine. These solutions are simple and inexpensive, but also fairly limited in terms of data availability, storage, and functionality.
The web-enabled database provides everything a standard database does, but all functionality can be utilized online, and all data can be accessed remotely and interactively. Common components of a web-enabled database system are permanent online access, a web server and firewall, and application delivery via online database software and a website. The web-enabled database system is often coupled with a desktop platform.
Server databases are typically used to manage massive data stores, allowing multiple users to simultaneously access, modify, and update data, ensuring that data is reliable and consistent. While server databases are more expensive than other solutions, they are also more flexible, scalable, and powerful.