News & Events

Microsoft SQL Server – Partitioning and Compression

I was recently commissioned to complete an archiving project for one of our customers. The customer did not have a SQL Server DBA resource in house to develop the solution, and would need it automated with very little or no administrative intervention. The solution is hosted on a SQL Server 2012 Enterprise instance.

The solution required 1 month of data stored in the live application database, and 1 week of data stored inside the archive database. The aim is to manage the storage requirements for the application database servers. The new application has only been launched for a few months, and has approximately grown in 60GB of data.

The partitioning of the live database focused on the tables that incurred the huge growth in data, since the launch of the application. The datetime column in the target tables were used to define the partitioning function. The partition function was defined to run up to December 2019, which contained 72 partitions; this is sufficiently under the 15,000 partition limitation for SQL Server 2012.

The automated process to archive from the live target tables to the archive tables and the archive table clean-up process ran once a month. Depending on the time of the month, there could be up two months of data in the live database. The automated archiving and clean-up process ran under two SQL Agent jobs. The archive tables used Page level compression, to further manage the storage requirements of the server.sql-server-2012

The business benefits from this solution included:

• Seamless automated archiving process,requiring no action from IT

Storage cost savings using compression on the archive tables, the savings were calculated by using the ‘sp_estimate_data_compression_savings’ stored procedure

The next blog in this series will discuss the technical workflow of designing and implementing partitioning and compression.

 

Get in touch

For more information or to schedule a demo please contact us

Contact us

News

DSP winners at the UK Oracle User Group Awards 2017/18

DSP attended the UK Oracle User Group Partner of the Year Awards last week, and we came away with awards for both categories in which we were nominated

Read more
View All

Event

"Self Managing Databases: Fable, Fantasy or the Future"

Join us for lunch and to hear some war stories from staff and customers with experience of Oracle Database Cloud Service. We'll also understand more about the Autonomous Database and how Oracle will compete with AWS.

Read more
View All

Blog

Data Visualisation - Oracle Analytics at the IaaS PaaS Forum

Check out DSP's 'Oracle IaaS PaaS Forum' round-up, including Data Visualisation examples using Oracle Analytics and some interesting customer stories revealed at the forum.

Read more
View All