An Introduction to SQL Performance

Optimizing SQL


No matter the industry, data storage and retrieval is one of the most vital items of a business. Companies alike need fast and secure access to their data in order to grow and be influential. As new SQL systems are being released every year, it’s important to know how the added updates will affect aspects of your business.

For instance, the new SQL Server 2016 will provide new capabilities which include: Always Encrypted, Stretch Database and in-memory technologies for real-time analytics. These applications allow for better data security, can stretch and store old data while keeping operational and relevant data available and real-time analytics for a very heavily mobile and cloud base business environment.

As Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella explains, “If you look at what has happened with our database business, at the core, with SQL Server...I mean, it’s just pretty hilarious for me to think about people who think of Amazon Web Services as a leader in data and not have an understanding of the democratization of data that we have done with regular old database business–an $8 billion business that’s everywhere, in the core of the enterprise.”

Along with new yearly updates, there are other ways of optimizing your SQL server in order for your data to get the best treatment. From implementing data compression to optimizing parallelism, below are eight ways to increase SQL server performance


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