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Database engine

Database engine

(also storage engine, database management system, DBMS)

Database engine definition

A database engine is the core software component that powers database systems. It simplifies creating, reading, updating, and deleting (CRUD) data stored in a database, ensuring data integrity, security, and efficient access.

Database engines manage data storage, retrieval, and manipulation. They interact with data files, indexes, and system memory to execute SQL commands, which make sure that query performance and transaction management are optimized.

See also: cloud database, operational database

Database engine examples

  • InnoDB and MyISAM: Storage engines for MySQL. While InnoDB supports transactions, MyISAM is simpler and offers faster read operations.
  • Oracle: A leading commercial relational database engine.
  • MongoDB: A popular NoSQL database engine catering to document-oriented storage.

Database engine advantages

  • Ensures that data remains consistent and secure through atomic transactions and encryption.
  • Uses indexing, caching, and query optimization techniques to retrieve data faster.
  • Multiple users can interact with the database simultaneously without data conflicts.

Database engine disadvantages

  • High-performance engines are difficult to set up, tune, and maintain.
  • Large databases or high transaction volumes require significant hardware resources.
  • Migrating data and applications between different database engines can be challenging, resulting in dependency on a single vendor.

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