Partitioning with Oracle Database 11g release 2
December 3, 2009[From ComputerworldUK]
Partitioning can provide tremendous benefits to a wide variety of applications by improving manageability, performance, and availability. It is not unusual for partitioning to improve the performance of certain queries or maintenance operations by an order of magnitude. Moreover, partitioning can greatly reduce the total cost of data ownership, using a tiered archiving approach of keeping older relevant information still online on low cost storage devices.
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