A data store is a data repository of a set of integrated objects. These objects are modeled using classes defined in database schemas. Data store includes not only data repositories like databases, it is a more general concept that includes also flat files that can store data.
Data stores can be of different types, including:
- Paper files
- Simple files like a spreadsheet
- File systems
- Email storage systems (both server and client systems)
- Distributed data stores, like Apache Cassandra, Druid (open-source data store) or Dynamo
- Directory services
- VMware uses "datastore" to refer to a file that stores a virtual machine
- "FDO Concepts > Data Concepts". http://www.osgeo.org/: OSGeo. Retrieved 2011-03-17. "What is a Data Store? A data store is a repository of an integrated set of objects. The objects in a data store are modeled either by classes or feature classes defined within one or more schemas."
- "Glossary D: data store". http://www.information-management.com/: Information Management. Retrieved 2011-04-04. "A place where data is stored; data at rest. A generic term that includes databases and flat files."
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