A variety of features and enhancements in Oracle9i improve efficiency for larger databases, for example, better handling of data loading and table storage. The table below lists these items and their benefits. Later on in this course, you will get a chance to practice most of these new elements. Observe the slide show below to see the four major enhancements that help you work with large databases.
Let us begin 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 considered small 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, Oracle 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 will not come across too many databases with exabytes of data right now, but in the future at least we know Oracle will support them. The most obvious examples of large database implementations are data warehouses and (DCS) decision support systems.
These environments usually have tables with millions or billions of rows, or wide tables with large numbers of columns and many rows.
There are also many OLTP systems that are very large and can benefit from the features we are about to cover.