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DBMS Architecture

  • The DBMS design depends upon its architecture. The basic client/server architecture is used to deal with a large number of PCs, web servers, database servers and other components that are connected with networks.
  • The client/server architecture consists of many PCs and a workstation which are connected via the network.
  • DBMS architecture depends upon how users are connected to the database to get their request done.

Types of DBMS Architecture


DBMS Architecture

Database architecture can be seen as a single tier or multi-tier. But logically, database architecture is of two types like: 2-tier architecture and 3-tier architecture.

1-Tier Architecture

  • In this architecture, the database is directly available to the user. It means the user can directly sit on the DBMS and uses it.
  • Any changes done here will directly be done on the database itself. It doesn't provide a handy tool for end users.
  • The 1-Tier architecture is used for development of the local application, where programmers can directly communicate with the database for the quick response.

2-Tier Architecture

  • The 2-Tier architecture is same as basic client-server. In the two-tier architecture, applications on the client end can directly communicate with the database at the server side. For this interaction, API's like: ODBC, JDBC are used.
  • The user interfaces and application programs are run on the client-side.
  • The server side is responsible to provide the functionalities like: query processing and transaction management.
  • To communicate with the DBMS, client-side application establishes a connection with the server side.

DBMS Architecture

Fig: 2-tier Architecture

3-Tier Architecture

  • The 3-Tier architecture contains another layer between the client and server. In this architecture, client can't directly communicate with the server.
  • The application on the client-end interacts with an application server which further communicates with the database system.
  • End user has no idea about the existence of the database beyond the application server. The database also has no idea about any other user beyond the application.
  • The 3-Tier architecture is used in case of large web application.

DBMS Architecture

Fig: 3-tier Architecture





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