Part I: Databases in Context
Data: An Organisational Asset
The History of Databases
Physical Storage and Distribution
Part II: Database Types
Relational: The Start of the Modern Era in Databases
NoSQL: Column-Based and Document-Based Databases
Object and Object-Relational
Part III: What Database Professionals Worry About
Über den Autor
Peter Lake is Course Leader for the Oracle IT&M MSc and the IT Professional MSc at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. His other Springer publications include the successful Guide to Cloud Computing.
Paul Crowther is Head of Postgraduate (taught programmes) in the Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.
Part I: Databases in Context.- Data: An Organisational Asset.- The History of Databases.- Physical Storage and Distribution.- Part II: Database Types.- Relational: The Start of the Modern Era in Databases.- NoSQL: Column-Based and Document-Based Databases.- Big Data.- Object and Object-Relational.- In-Memory Databases.- Part III: What Database Professionals Worry About.- Scalability.- Availability.- Performance.- Security.
This easy-to-read textbook/reference presents a comprehensive introduction to databases, opening with a concise history of databases and of data as an organisational asset. As relational database management systems are no longer the only database solution, the book takes a wider view of database technology, encompassing big data, NoSQL, object and object-relational and in-memory databases. The text also examines the issues of scalability, availability, performance and security encountered when building and running a database in the real world.
Topics and features: presents review and discussion questions at the end of each chapter, in addition to skill-building, hands-on exercises; introduces the fundamental concepts and technologies in database systems, placing these in an historic context; describes the challenges faced by database professionals; reviews the use of a variety of database types in business environments; discusses areas for further research within this fast-moving domain.
Includes numerous examples to support the description of both business and technical issues
Introduces a range of commercial databases and encourages the reader to experiment with these in an associated learning environment
Presents a mixture of both theory and practical elements