1 Introduction to Very Large Databases

Modern enterprises frequently run mission-critical databases containing upwards of several hundred gigabytes, and often several terabytes of data. These enterprises are challenged by the support and maintenance requirements of very large databases (VLDB), and must devise methods to meet those challenges. This chapter contains an overview of VLDB topics, with emphasis on partitioning as a key component of the VLDB strategy.

This chapter contains the following sections:


Partitioning functionality is available only if you purchase the Oracle Partitioning option.