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Managing Multimedia and Unstructured Data in the Oracle Database by Marcelle Kratochvil

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Why store unstructured data in a database?

As the business imperative grows for companies to start managing and then publishing their digital image assets, the issue about where those image assets are stored is raised. More recently, multiple analysts have estimated that data will grow 800 percent over the next five years. The unstructured information accounts for more than 70–80 percent of all data in organizations and is growing 10–50 times more than the structured data(21).

This then grows to include any type of data. The initial choice is to store it on a disk file system. This can be seen as the quickest and simplest approach. Another, better, alternative is to store the images in the database.

A database is not normally considered to be an ...

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