Re: Total Cost of Ownership

From: Eric Kaun <>
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2004 19:59:26 GMT
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"Laconic2" <> 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.

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

  • erk
Received on Mon Apr 12 2004 - 21:59:26 CEST

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