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I want to draw a mockup design of a set of microservices forming a web application. I need to represent a database storage in it. I would like to know if there is consensus on which pictogram is accepted as representing the storage of the data in the database (not the database application itself).

  • "Correct" may not be the best word, in your title. Perhaps "standard" is more correct. – usr2564301 Sep 18 '16 at 10:13
  • I take the point @RadLexus - the word is rife with connotation. perhaps a better adjective would be "unambiguous" ? – Bruce Becker Sep 18 '16 at 12:34
  • Yes, that's better :) It would only need to be unambiguous in your context, that is, if it appears in between several other icons to store other data, say, plain text or images. I guess you'll have to judge that by yourself. – usr2564301 Sep 18 '16 at 12:43
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Well, from what I know the most used icon for data storage is:

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You could possibly get away with a cloud storage icon: enter image description here

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..or a combination of the two: enter image description here

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  • Thanks for the reply. That's close to what I'm looking for - except I want it to explicitly convey that it's SQL-like data. So the generic "storage" pictograms are not going to cut it. My feeling is that i.stack.imgur.com/Hf7gW.png comes closest ? – Bruce Becker Sep 18 '16 at 9:25
  • @brucellino That does come first. I've added another icon for SQL at the top of my answer. Bottom line is, that what you should be going for. – Alin Sep 18 '16 at 9:39

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