The MicroStation database interface software program for a particular database package — for example, Oracle — is sometimes called the database server. The server model defines the interaction between MicroStation, the database package, and the database server. Unless you are developing database applications for MicroStation, you need not be familiar with the details of the server model. It is sufficient to be aware that in the server model, database functions are separated from graphics functions. This means memory requirements for MicroStation sessions are reduced when a database is not connected (a server is not loaded).