Hands-On with Columnstore Indexes: Part 1 Architecture


Indexes are the key to efficient performance in any relational database. Few index enhancements have been introduced that can improve query speed and efficiency as dramatically as columnstore indexes.

Improvements to this feature have been introduced in each subsequent version of SQL Server and have transformed columnstore indexes into the go-to method of indexing OLAP workloads.

In this article, we will review the basics of columnstore indexes. In later articles, we will dive into best practices, and explore more advanced indexing considerations. I have personally had the pleasure of using columnstore indexes in a variety of applications, from small analytics