Types of Databases in QuickBooks

by Billy Williams

Intuit QuickBooks is a software package that manages business bookkeeping. QuickBooks is easy to use, but it can be a little confusing to figure out which of the program's three types of database offers the maximum benefit for a task. By understanding each type of database, you can pick the ideal database to best serve your needs. The three types of database that are compatible with Quickbooks are MySQL, Microsoft SQL and Oracle.


Due to its high level of security, MySQL is perhaps the most well-known of Quickbooks database. This type of database works on over 20 platforms, including Linux, Windows, Mac OS, Solaris, HP-UX and IBM AIX. This high level of compatibility makes it a good choice for databases that you need to send to other people or businesses.


Microsoft SQL is quick and reliable, and has strong Quickbook integration features. An MS SQL database can easily and securely handle millions of simultaneous records and transactions. The MS SQL format gives you complete control over the data, and allows you to manage many different tasks, including access permissions for specific tables and data. This allows you to protect customer information by giving access only to those who need it. One unique feature of MS SQL is its ability to automatically back up transaction logs and other data. If you mistakenly delete any records, the MS SQL database can recover them.


An Oracle database can handle a larger number of transactions than any other database; this makes this type of database ideal for companies that have a high volume of transactions. An Oracle database consists of a set of processes running in your operating system. These processes manage the storage and access of the data. Oracle's central tabular repository controls all data within the database and allows its Database Manager to control access and privileges while preventing data manipulation. The key advantage of the Oracle Data Manager is its ability to change the encryption codes for different levels of access as needed, thereby securing the database against improper access.

About the Author

Billy Williams has been writing since1988 on a variety of topics but focused in business/finance. WIth over 2 decades of experience in banking, real estate, business development, sales, and trading the stock market as well as having been published in "Futures Magazine." Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts in finance from the University of Texas Pan American.

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