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SQL Server 2012 T-SQL Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach by Jonathan Gennick, Wayne Sheffield, Andy Roberts, David Dye, Jason Brimhall

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CHAPTER 15

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Managing Large Tables and Databases

By Wayne Sheffield

Very large tables (where you have row counts in the tens of millions) have special needs. All data manipulations and maintenance operations need special considerations. This chapter will deal with features in SQL Server that can help; specifically, I’ll cover how partitioning a table can ease data movements and how the use of filegroups and data compression can help you improve performance by distributing data I/O across multiple drives and having a smaller amount of data to store on disk.

Table partitioning provides you with a built-in method of horizontally partitioning data ...

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