How It Works (It Just Runs Faster): Non-Volatile Memory SQL Server Tail Of Log Caching on NVDIMM

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Note: We received feedback that there was some confusion on us calling this functionality “tail of the log caching” because our documentation and prior history has referred to the tail of the log as the portion of the hardened log that has not been backed up. This feature is actually officially called Persisted Log Buffer and is an acceleration of the hardening of the log cache as blogged by Kevin Farlee at

SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 1 (all SKUs), in combination with Windows Server 2016 (All SKUs) or Windows 10 Client introduces non-volatile memory support for the tail