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object-relational database

A database that provides both relational and object database capabilities. See universal server.

universal server

(1) A relational database management system (RDBMS) that also supports a binary data field (BLOB) and any related processing that might be required for accessing the data. Also called an "object-relational DBMS" (ORDBMS). See RDBMS, BLOB and object database.

(2) (Universal Server) A universal server from Informix, now part of IBM. It supports DataBlades, which are plug-ins designed to manage a particular type of complex data. For example, an image DataBlade might allow a user to search for matching images.

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