Database management system comparison

computer science


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Discuss each question below for the DBMS assigned to your group. Then summarize the discussion in the wiki. Use bullets for each entry.

1. Size Limits: Does the DBMS enforce table, data type, or column length level? If tables with lots of fields are needed for the client, this could be an issue.

2. Purchase Cost: How much does the system cost? Is there a base price for the server and then additional costs for clients? Consider the pricing model for

the school district listed in the Final Project Document.

3. Administration: Installation and Operational Costs and Considerations: How difficult is it to install, use, and maintain? Is special expertise or an ongoing

contract with the provider required?

4. Operating System/Hardware Requirements: What operating systems will the DBMS work with? What are the hardware requirements to host it?

5. Features: List key features of the DBMS. Include ACID (atomicity, consistency, isolation, durability), referential integrity, transactions, Unicode, and


6. Performance and Scalability: What is the speed of execution (i.e., how fast will it do what you need it to do)? What is the increase in performance when

additional resources are added? For example, does it support clustering?

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