Online database

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An online database is a database accessible from a network, including from the Internet.

It differs from a local database, held in an individual computer or its attached storage, such as a CD.

  • For the system or software designed to Currently, there are several database products designed specifically as hosted databases delivered as software as a service products. These differ from typical traditional databases such as Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase, etc. Some of the differences are:
  • These online databases are delivered primarily via a web browser
  • They are often purchased by a monthly subscription
  • They embed common collaboration features such as sharing, email notifications, etc.

For information on the contents of specific types of database, see

To learn about generic online databases that can be used by any software application, see Cloud database.

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