This manual describes Oracle's approach for information integration in a heterogeneous environment. Specifically, it describes Oracle Database Gateways and is meant to be an administrator's guide.
This preface contains these topics:
This manual is intended for the following users:
Database administrators who want to administer distributed database systems that involve Oracle to non-Oracle database links
Application developers who want to make use of the heterogeneous connectivity functionality in the Oracle database server
Readers who want a high-level understanding of Oracle's architecture for heterogeneous connectivity and how it works
To use this document, you need to be familiar with relational database concepts and basic database or applications administration. You also need to be familiar with the operating system environment under which database administrators are running Oracle.
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