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Oracle Database 10g: A Beginner's Guide by Michael Corey, Michael Abbey, Ian Abramson

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CRITICAL SKILL 9.1

What Is a Large Database?

Let’s start by describing what we mean by a large database. “Large” is a relative term that changes over time. What was large five or ten years ago is small by today’s standards, and what is large today will be peanuts a few years from now. Each release of Oracle has included new features and enhancements to address the need to store more and more data. For example, Oracle8i was released in 1999 and could handle databases with terabytes (1024 gigabytes) of data. In 2001, Oracle9i was released and could deal with up to 500 petabytes (1024 terabytes). Oracle Database 10g now offers support for exabyte (1024 petabytes) databases. You won’t come across too many databases with exabytes of data right now, ...

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