Sunday, November 10, 2013

New Enhanced Column Store Index in SQL Server 2014

Column Store Index, which improves performance of data warehouse queries several folds, was first introduced in SQL Server 2012. Unlike regular indexes or heaps, which store data in B-Tree structure (in row-wise fashion), the column store index stores data in columnar fashion and uses compression aggressively to reduce the disk I/O needed to serve the query request. Apart from the benefits it provides, it has several limitations in SQL Server 2012. SQL Server 2014 enhances the columnstore index and overcomes several of the earlier limitations. In this article, I am going to talk about the new enhanced columnstore index feature in SQL Server 2014. For more information click here.

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