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Microsoft® SQL Server 2012 Unleashed by Alex T. Silverstein, Chris Gallelli, Paul T. Bertucci, Ray Rankins

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Compressed Backups

How would you like to create a backup file that is smaller and takes less time to create? Sign me up. This has got to be an option that the average database user would love to use. Compressed backups are smaller in size than uncompressed backups. The reduced size of a compressed backup typically requires less device I/O and can therefore reduce backup times significantly.

You must be aware that there are some trade-offs, however. The creation of a compressed backup can impact the performance of concurrent operations on your database server while the backup is being created. Specifically, CPU usage increases during the backup. This may or may not be an issue for you. Consider that many full database backups are taken during ...

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