What Is A MultiValue Database?

Written by Caitlin Davidson

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MultiValue Database Defined

A MultiValue Database or MVD, is a database that incorporates the features of a multidimensional and NoSQL database to store information.

A MVD has a tubular structure as the basis of its architecture,  allowing for the data to be seen and understood from many dimensions and perspectives. Like a relational database, MVD organizes its data through schemas and tables.  However, a relational database stores just one fact within a table cell, multivalue databases can store multiple values within that cell, as well as allowing multiple values for attributes.

One of the main benefits of using a MVD over other databases, is that it can provide flexibility for dealing with complex data structures and efficient data access for some data structures.

Some of the most common multivalue databases include: Adabas, UniData,UniVerse, jBASE

Benefits include:

  • MVD save disk space, memory and processing time
  • MVD handle complex data structures
  • Flexibility as there is no need to rebuild the database when adding attributes
  • Admin skills not necessary
  • Rapid database design and development.

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