Data store

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A data store is a repository for persistently storing and managing collections of data which include not just repositories like databases, but also simpler store types such as simple files, emails, etc.[1]

A database is a series of bytes that is managed by a database management system (DBMS). A file is a series of bytes that is managed by a file system. Thus, any database or file is a series of bytes that, once stored, is called a data store.

MATLAB[2] and Cloud Storage systems like VMware,[3] Firefox OS[4] use datastore as a term for abstracting collections of data inside their respective applications.


Data store can refer to a broad class of storage systems including:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Glossary D: data store". Information Management. Retrieved 2011-04-04. A place where data is stored; data at rest. A generic term that includes databases and flat files.
  2. ^ "Datastore - MATLAB & Simulink". Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  3. ^ VMware (2016-01-11). "Managed Object - Datastore". VMware. VMware. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  4. ^ "Data Store API". Mozilla Developer Network. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  5. ^ "Managed Object Description". Retrieved 2019-07-02.