A comparison of geodatabase types

Before you create a geodatabase, you must decide what kind of geodatabase you need. There are three kinds of geodatabases from which to choose:

If you want to use historical archives in your geodatabase, replicate your data, access simple data using SQL, or concurrently edit data without locking it, you need to use ArcSDE geodatabases.

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ArcSDE geodatabase options

There are two types of ArcSDE geodatabases: