The phrase "all or nothing" succinctly describes the first ACID property of atomicity. When an update occurs to a database, either all or none of the update becomes available to anyone beyond the user or application performing the update. This update to the database is called a transaction and it either commits or aborts. This means that only a fragment of the update cannot be placed into the database, should a problem occur with either the hardware or the software involved. Features to consider for atomicity:
- a transaction is a unit of operation - either all the transaction's actions are completed or none are
- atomicity is maintained in the presence of deadlocks
- atomicity is maintained in the presence of database software failures
- atomicity is maintained in the presence of application software failures
- atomicity is maintained in the presence of CPU failures
- atomicity is maintained in the presence of disk failures
- atomicity can be turned off at the system level
- atomicity can be turned off at the session level
More on the general topic: ACID Properties
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The Savvy Manager's Guide
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Web Services, Service-Oriented Architectures, and Cloud Computing: The Savvy Manager's Guide (Second Edition)
by Douglas K Barry with David Dick
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