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When I hear someone mention any particular RDBMS, they generally refer to it as a database. What is intended by the term "management system"?

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Just wondering, are you sure it's not content management system? Because a lot of times CMS' use RDBMS for their databases. Just a shot in the dark. – Chuck Morris Feb 5 '11 at 7:24

A database is simply someplace to store data -- A file that you dump names & addresses into is technically a database.

A database management system includes all the other tools that make it easier to work with (manage) your data -- a query language, a way of defining structure, methods of indexing the data for faster access, etc.

Generally speaking you don't have a database without a management system these days.

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