BLOBs in database

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With the passage of the Utah Digital Signature Act of 1995 and the Federal Electronic Signature Act of 2000, more and more paper documents are being stored electronically. These digitized documents have "electronic signatures" attached to them that serve not only as unique identifiers but make them legally binding and enforceable as well.


The storage and retrieval of these items can be accomplished through a database system using a column type capable of storing binary data (commonly referred to as a "binary large object" or a BLOB). There are many existing database systems capable of storing BLOBs. Such systems' functionality, performance and cost vary greatly among vendors (with some costing as much as $25,000 for a single CPU license). The prohibitive cost often keeps some organizations from conducting full assessments of database systems for possible use in their operations, potentially causing a loss or revenue. Entities with limited resources need an affordable means of assessing or benchmarking their own database utilization. This thesis, first and foremost, provides a database benchmark for storing BLOBs in a database. Secondly, a database benchmark framework is provided with the example implementation being the BLOB database benchmark. By so doing:
My research indicates that no research has been done comparing the performance of database systems' ability to store BLOBs. ...
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