Oracle Automatic Storage Management and Thin Reclamation

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Executive Summary

Automatic Storage Management (ASM) is a feature of Oracle's database made available in Oracle Release 10g. ASM is a purpose built file system and volume manager integrated in Oracle's database. It dramatically reduces administrative overhead associated with managing storage. Storage costs, both in administrative overhead and capital expenses are growing concerns for most enterprises. Storage vendors have introduced an array of features to reduce the acquisition cost side of the equation. One such feature is Thin Provisioning.

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