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An Overview of Data Partitioning Strategies

thanhdoancong (there are spaces in there somewhere but I’d probably guess wrong) talks partitions:

Data partitioning is the magic wand that divides your massive dataset into smaller, organized subsets called partitions. These partitions are based on specific criteria, like date ranges, customer segments, or product categories.

It’s like organizing your overflowing closet by color, season, or type of clothing. Each section becomes easier to browse and manage, making life (and data analysis) much easier.

Read on for a few varieties of partitioning and how they could improve your data estate. There’s no guarantee that partitioning will definitely improve performance—and in SQL Server’s case, the partitioning feature often does not improve performance at all because that isn’t its intent—but this is a good read to get an idea of what strategies are available.