Welcome to the exciting world of Oracle 12c database administration! Few things are as exciting as starting a new journey, and you certainly have a thrilling ride ahead of you. Luckily, the authors of this book, your guides in this adventure, can help smooth out any bumps in the road and point out the things you want to see. With decades of combined Oracle experience managing hundreds of databases for many clients, we hope to make understanding the Oracle database a fun, enlightening experience.

Oracle is a large company with a diverse portfolio of software and hardware. It seems like every other week Oracle releases some new product or acquires another company. Don’t let the overwhelming nature of the big picture discourage you. This book imparts the fundamental knowledge of database administration. An Oracle career is a constant learning process. Establishing a solid understanding of the building blocks behind the database engine will vault you into a successful Oracle career.

The foundation of almost all of Oracle’s products is the database, and Oracle databases are the best in the world. Understanding how Oracle databases work and how to manage them successfully is the first step to opening an awful lot of doors. Starting at this level is key. After reading this book, you will be well on your way to an interesting career filled with challenges and plenty of opportunity.

Every year we see companies grow and accumulate data at a staggering rate, and that rate ...

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