Local Access Database (LAD)

A database that serves individual systems and workgroups as the end point for shared data distribution. LADs are the “retail outlets” of the data warehouse network. They provide direct access to the data requested by specific systems or desktop query services. Data is propagated to LADs from data warehouses according to orders for subsets of certain shared data tables and particular attributes therein, or subsets of standard collections. This data is usually located on a LAN server. If servers are not available and the data is static, it may be located on the user’s desktop. See Data Warehouse Network.

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