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CHAPTER 11

DATA STORAGE DESIGN

Another important activity of the design phase is designing the data storage component of the system. This chapter describes the activities that are performed when developing the data storage design. First, the different ways in which data can be stored are described. Several important characteristics that should be considered when selecting the data storage format are discussed. The process of revising the logical data model into the physical data model is then outlined. Because one of the most popular data storage formats today is the relational database, optimization of relational databases from both storage and access perspectives is also included.

OBJECTIVES

  • Become familiar with several file and database formats.
  • Understand several goals of data storage.
  • Be able to revise a logical ERD into a physical ERD.
  • Be able to optimize a relational database for data storage and data access.
  • Become familiar with indexes.
  • Be able to estimate the size of a database.

CHAPTER OUTLINE

Introduction

Data Storage Formats

Files

Databases

Selecting a Storage Format

Applying the Concepts at Tune Source

Moving from Logical to Physical Data

Models

The Physical Entity Relationship

Diagram

Revisiting the CRUD Matrix

Applying the Concepts at Tune Source

Optimizing Data Storage

Optimizing Storage Efficiency

Optimizing Access Speed

Estimating Storage Size

Applying the Concepts ...

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