MS Access Datastore Application

The MS Access database application design uses a single back-end MS Access datastore that is connected that is connected to a Windows application Client, which is typically written in VB or one of the Dot Net languages (e.g. C# .NET or VB.NET).

The MS Access Datastore approach uses MS Access exclusively as a datastore, and is generally useful for “occasionally connected” applications that need to be deployed to a standalone PC like a laptop or notebook. MS Access Datastore applications are best suited to referencing information and frequently the MS Access synchronization capability to used to periodically update and share data.

MS Access Datastore Application Scorecard

MS Access Datastore Limitations

The MS Access Data Store method can be used to house data on a network file share, however the Data Store approach forces MS Access to handle multi-user data concurrency issues, which are always best handled by a database server, and therefor can and will impact performance.

Limitations to the MS Data Store Application approach generally include data integrity and security issues inherent with all MS Access file-based solutions. As a desktop product, this model does not lend itself to centralized maintenance — MS Access Repair and Compact must be run by the end users.  In the end, this design is as costly to develop and deploy as a full Client-Server application, but lacks the full Client-Server benefits of centralized Security, better performance, and ease of maintenance.