Operational Database

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What Does Operational Database Mean?

An operational database is a database that is used to manage
and store data in real time. An operational database is
the source for a data warehouse. Elements in an operational database can be
added and removed on the fly. These databases can be either SQL or NoSQL-based, where the latter is geared toward real-time operations.


Techopedia Explains Operational Database

An operational database is a database that stores data inside of an enterprise. They can contain things like payroll
records, customer information and employee data. They are critical to data
warehousing and business analytics operations.

The key characteristic of
operational databases is their orientation toward real-time operations,
compared with conventional databases that rely on batch processing. With
operational databases, records can be added, removed and modified in real
time. Operational database management systems can be based on SQL but a growing number are using NoSQL and nonstructured data.


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