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Importance of a Database System

As should be clear from this paper, modern commercial database systems are grounded both in academic research and in the experiences of developing industrial-strength products for high-end customers. The task of writing and maintaining a high-performance, fully functional relational DBMS from scratch is an enormous investment in time and energy. Many of the lessons of

4.6 Data Warehouses

DataWarehouses—large historical databases for decision-support that are loaded with new data on a periodic basis — have evolved to require specialized query processing support, and in the next section we survey some of the key features that they tend to require. This topic is relevant for two main reasons: 1. Data warehouses are a very