One of the major aims of database is to supply users with an abstract view of data, hiding certain element of how data is stored and manipulated. So, the starting point for the design of a database must be an abstract and general description of the information requirements of the organization that is to be represented in the database. And hence you will require an environment to store data and make it work like a database. In this chapter you will learn about the database environment and its architecture.
What is a Database Environment?
A database environment is a collective system of components that comprises and regulates the group of data, management and use of data which consist of software, hardware, people, techniques of handling database and the data also.
Here, the hardware in a database environment means the computers and computer peripherals that are being used to manage a database and the software means the whole thing right from the operating system (OS) to the application programs that includes database management software like M.S. Access or SQL Server. Again the people in a database environment include those people who administrate and use the system. The techniques are the rules, concepts and instructions given to both the people and the software along with the data with the group of facts and information positioned within the database environment.