In my last article, "Getting started with Tabular Model in SQL Server 2012 - Part 1" I talked in detail about differences between the multi-dimensional and tabular models, when to choose one model or another and I demonstrated step by step on how to create a basic tabular model project. But if you have prior experience working with PowerPivot, you might be thinking whatever we did, in the last tip, is very similar to what we can do in PowerPivot. Well, you are right to some extent, the Tabular model is actually a server side version of PowerPivot, but also has many more enterprise features, which are not available in PowerPivot for example partitioning, security, management, etc. In this article I am going to talk in detail about some of the compelling features of the tabular model and show you how tabular models differ from PowerPivot, for information click here.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
In my last article, Understanding BI Semantic Model (BISM) of SQL Server 2012, I talked in detail about the new BISM, its architecture, how it differs from the earlier UDM and how BISM lays down a foundation for the future. In this article I am going to talk in detail about differences between the multi-dimensional model and tabular model, when to choose one model over the other and go through a step by step guide on creating a tabular model project, for information click here.
With every new release of SQL Server, partitioning has reached new heights of improvement. For example, though we could create partitioned views for better manageability and scalability since SQL Server 7.0, SQL Server 2005 started with native support for Table Partitioning. SQL Server 2008 introduced partition table parallelism for better performance and for better resource utilization (of modern multi-processors hardware). With SQL Server 2012, we are now allowed to even create up to a 15K partition on a single table.
To learn more about Why, What, When and How of Partitioning in SQL Server click here.