Re: Total Cost of Ownership
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2004 19:59:26 GMT
"Laconic2" <laconic2_at_comcast.net> wrote in message
> 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.