What is an Analytical Database?

An analytical database is a specialized database management system that is optimized for business analytics applications and services. An analytical database has built-in features to store, manage, and analyze a large volume of data extremely quickly, provide faster query response times, and is more scalable than standard databases.

These features include columnar databases which organize data in columns to reduce the number of data points to be processed; data warehouse applications which include databasing tools in a single platform; hardware usage (in-memory databases) which use system memory to expedite processing; MPP databases which use multiple server clusters operating simultaneously; and online analytical processing databases which keep data cubes which can be analyzed based on multiple parameters.

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