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18Nov 12

Columnstore Indexes

SQL Server 2012 introduces a new type of index specifically designed to improve the speed of queries that are typically used in data warehouse reporting applications, such as: SELECT [Size],…

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08Aug 12

Contained Databases

Ever since the first version of SQL Server was released there has been a distinction between a server login and a database user. Server logins are recorded in the master…

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20May 12

Managing Files with FileTables

FileTables are a new feature in SQL Server 2012. They are layered on the existing FILESTREAM functionality. FILESTREAM is designed to allow large objects, such as images and documents, to…

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07May 12

FILESTREAM and Partitioning

There is a requirement for a large number of large PDF documents to be managed by a SQL Server database without the contents of the documents actually being stored in…

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02May 12

The Quality of Data

With the introduction of SQL Server 2012 we now have a dedicated facility for the management of data quality, aptly named Data Quality Services. So what exactly does this entail? The first…

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