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Expert Oracle Database Architecture, Third Edition by Darl Kuhn, Thomas Kyte

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CHAPTER 13

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Partitioning

Partitioning, first introduced in Oracle 8.0, is the process of physically breaking a table or index into many smaller, more manageable pieces. As far as the application accessing the database is concerned, there is logically only one table or one index, but physically that table or index may comprise many dozens of physical partitions. Each partition is an independent object that may be manipulated either by itself or as part of the larger object.

Image Note  Partitioning is an extra cost option to the Enterprise Edition of ...

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