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Differentiating Physical and Logical Reads in SQL Server

Jose Manuel Jurado Diaz explains a concept:

In the realm of Azure SQL Database, query performance is a paramount concern for database administrators and developers alike. A critical aspect of this performance is understanding how SQL Server interacts with data, particularly through physical and logical reads. This article delves into these two fundamental concepts, providing insights into their impact on database performance and a practical lab to observe these metrics in action.

Read on for the difference, as well as a demonstration. With slow disks and insufficient RAM, it’s really important to know this difference. But as you have more RAM and move to formats like NVMe for storage, I’d argue that it’s less of an issue. The additional RAM, in particular, is important because the idea is that data access frequently will remain in the buffer pool for longer, so you’re more likely to see logical reads in action. Of course, poor indexing and bad decisions can ruin that idea, so don’t do that, okay?

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