In 1986 InterBase set the industry standard by storing sound, image, graphic, and binary information directly in the database using its BLOb data types. Internet and telephony applications use of BLObs and BLOb filters to store and manage multimedia data. BLOb filters are custom routines that transform the contents of a blob from one state to another. Filters are ideal for compression and translation and add nothing to the processing load on the client.
Binary Large Objects (BLObs)