Oracle column level compression

In traditional relational theory, the internal representation of the data on the physical blocks is not supposed to matter, but in the real world, the placement of the data on blocks is critical.  Oracle provides tools like sorted hash clusters to group related rows together and row-sequencing can dramatically improve the performance of SQL queries by placing all information on a single data block.

Related tables can be grouped together on the same data block using Oracle cluster tables.  For example, this can be done if you have a busy OLTP database where millions of people query customer and related order rows all day long.

If you use Oracle cluster tables to put the customer and order rows together on a single data block, it will greatly reduce the number of trips to the database to fetch the desired result set.

There is a tradeoff in using Oracle 11g table compression between run-time performance of the SQL vs. the processing overhead of compressing and de-compressing the rows.  This type of compression requires overhead, and the less volatile the table, the better the overall performance. 

See below for the advantages and obsticles in using Oracle 11g table compression:  

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