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Distributed Databases

Peter McBrien, Alexandra Poulovassilis

Book Chapter
Advanced Database Technology and Design
Artech House
ISBN 0-89006-395-8

The now widespread use of computers for data-processing in large distributed organisations means that such organisations will often store their data at different sites of a computer network, possibly in a variety of forms, ranging from flat files, to hierarchical or relational databases, through to object-oriented or object-relational databases. The rapid growth of the Internet is causing an even greater explosion in the availability of distributed information sources. Distributed database technology aims to provide uniform access to physically distributed, but logically related, information sources.

Before introducing the main concepts of distributed databases, we first review some necessary concepts and terminology from centralised databases.

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