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What is a database engine?

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  • What exactly is a database engine?

    I have gone through the definition on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Database_engine several times: A database engine (or "storage engine") is the underlying software component that a database management system (DBMS) uses to create, read, update and delete (CRUD) data from a database. What I do not understand is what is left to do, isn't CRUD all that the databases do? If the database engine performs these functions, what does the rest of the database do?

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    CRUD is meant to define the characteristics necessary for a database as it relates to persistent storage...

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