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Introduction to ODBC

Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) is an open standard application programming interface (API) for accessing relational and non-relational database management systems. You can use ODBC connection to access files in a number of different databases including Informix, Microsoft Access, dBase, DB2, NetSuite, Teradata, Netezza, Greenplum, Microsoft Excel , IBM DashDB, Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse, and Text. ODBC is based on Structured Query Language (SQL) as a standard for accessing data.
You require the following components to use ODBC:
Any ODBC client can access any database for which there is an ODBC Driver.