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Building a large scale relational data warehouse is a complex task. This article describes some design techniques that can help in architecting an efficient large scale relational data warehouse with SQL Server. Most large scale data warehouses use table and index partitioning, and therefore, many of the recommendations here involve partitioning. Most of these tips are based on experiences building large data warehouses on SQL Server 2005.
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