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.
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.
Data store can refer to a broad class of storage systems including:
- Paper files
- Simple files like a spreadsheet
- File systems
- Email storage systems (both server and client systems)
- Distributed data stores
- Directory services
- VMware uses the term datastore to refer to a file that stores a virtual machine
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A place where data is stored; data at rest. A generic term that includes databases and flat files.
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