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Programming Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2008 by Leonard Lobel, Andrew Brust, and Stephen Forte

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Chapter 8. Using FILESTREAM for Unstructured Data Storage

Leonard Lobel

Applications today commonly work with unstructured data much more frequently than they did in the past. The accelerating data explosion of our times—relentlessly driven by dropping storage costs and rising storage capacities—continues to generate more and more unstructured data for us to handle. While applications of the past required little more than mapping data entry screens into rows and columns in the database and being able to perform fairly simple queries, today you also have data like audio, video, and other multimedia-type files to cope with. You might have to store employee photos, surveillance videos, recorded conversations, e-mail messages (including embedded attachments), ...

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