The FLAM database is the fastest form for searching a FLAM archive for given contents. Data segments and the directory are stored here in a relational data model. The access to the data is done by ODBC which allows using any relational database system for storing FLAM archives. This form of administration is primarily intended for archives that are mainly accessed for information retrieval.
A FLAM database can be exported to a FLAMFILE and vice versa. In fact, the FLAMFILE is just a serialized form of the database contents and hence just a different representation of the same data.
This feature is still under development as part of the new FL5 infrastructure. If you would like more information - please do not hesitate to call us.