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Partitioning Tricks

Raul Gonzalez shows us five things you can do with partitioning in SQL Server:

Once we have rebuilt that old data to minimise its footprint and moved it to a cheaper storage tier, if we know no one will have to modify it, it’d be a good idea to make it READ_ONLY.

By making the data READ_ONLY, we can not only prevent accidental deletion or modification, but also reduce the workload required to maintain it, because as we’ve seen before, we can action index maintenance only on the READ_WRITE parts (partitions) of the data where fragmentation might still happen.

Read on for the rest of the tips and note that none of these are directly of the “Make your queries faster” variety, though a couple can have positive performance implications.