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Identity Integers And Columnstore

Niko Neugebauer looks at how clustered columnstore indexes handle identity integers with respect to data load times:

This blog post will try to respond this question from the perspective of the data loading performance.

For this research I decided to pick 3 distinct scenarios to investigate, which refer to different ways to approach the solution:
– a CCI table with an Identity column
– a CCI table with a Sequence as a default value
– a CCI table without Identity

There’s a pretty substantial performance difference, so this is well worth the read for large columnstore data loads.