Software and Hardware Components in a Database System Environment

Software and Hardware Components in a Database System Environment

Hardware Components in a Database System Environment

Hardware identifies all the system's physical devices. It includes computers, computer peripherals, network components etc.

Software Components in a Database System Environment

Software refers to the collection of programs used with in the database system. It includes the operating system, DBMS Software, and application programs and utilities. 

Operating System
DBMS Software
Application Programs and Utilities

The operating System manages all the hardware components and makes it possible for all other software to run on the computers. UNIX, LINUX, Microsoft Windows etc are the popular operating systems used in database environment.

DBMS software manages the database with in the database system. Oracle Corporation's ORACLE, IBM's DB2, Sun's MYSQL, Microsoft's MS Access and SQL Server etc are the popular DBMS (RDBMS) software used in the database environment.

Application programs and utilities software are used to access and manipulate the data in the database and to manage the operating environment of the database.