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Re: Total Cost of Ownership

From: Eric Kaun <ekaun_at_yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2004 19:59:26 GMT
Message-ID: <yyCec.7630$gd5.6662@newssvr31.news.prodigy.com>


"Laconic2" <laconic2_at_comcast.net> wrote in message news:192dnaBpHOqHruTdRVn-jg_at_comcast.com...
> How about this:
>
> The purpose of a database is to preserve the value and the availability of
> the data it contains.

OK, I'll be contrary (again). How can the database possibly preserve value? Presumably the value of data depends mostly on its correctness - its correspondence with some other state (e.g. "the real world", rather a subset of it). If the real world doesn't change, the data still "has value." But since a database knows only what you tell it, it needs something else to measure the acceptability of the data it's given.

Availability depends on the DBMS, not the database - or by database do you mean DBMS?

Received on Mon Apr 12 2004 - 14:59:26 CDT

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