Binary Large Object (BLOB)
What is a Binary Large Object (BLOB)?
A binary large object (BLOB) is a large file, typically an image, audio, or video file, that is stored in a binary format in a database or on a storage system. BLOBs are used to store and transmit information that cannot be easily represented in a text format, such as images, audio, and video.
BLOBs are typically stored as part of a larger database or system and are accessed using specialized software or programming languages. They can be used in a variety of applications, including data storage, communication, and multimedia.
BLOBs are often stored in a specific type of field in a database called a "BLOB field." BLOB fields are used to store large amounts of data, and can be configured to store different types of BLOBs, such as images, audio, or video files.
BLOBs can be quite large and can take up significant amounts of storage space. As a result, they are often stored in a separate location from the rest of the database, such as on a separate storage server or in the cloud. This can help to improve the performance and scalability of the database or system.