Partitioning Relational Data - (Part 1)

SQL Server 2005 or later versions provides a rich variety of partitioning strategies such as the ability to create partitions for large tables across multiple filegroups. In this article, you will learn why you might want to partition your relational data. You will also learn how to partition tables and how to partition indexes to match partitioned tables.

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Basit Aalishan Masood-Al-Farooq

Basit Farooq is an internationally known Lead SQL DBA, trainer, and technical author with twelve years' experience of the Microsoft technology stack. He is an accomplished development and production SQL Server DBA with a proven record of delivering major projects on time and within budget. He is an expert at evaluating the clients' needs against the capabilities of the SQL Server product set, with the objective of minimizing costs and maximizing functions by making innovative use of advance capabilities. He has developed and implemented many successful database infrastructures, data warehouses, and business intelligence projects.

Basit has authored SQL Server 2014 Development Essentials book, published by Packt Publishing. He was also a technical reviewer for SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services Blueprints, authored by Marlon Ribunal and Mickey Stuewe, and Reporting with Microsoft SQL Server 2012, authored by James Serra and Bill Anton, both books were published by Packt Publishing. 

Basit has written over 250 technical columns and articles related to Microsoft SQL Server administration, database design and development, Microsoft Windows Azure and SQL Server implementation and integration, and business intelligence design and implementation for different SQL Server community sites, including:,,,,, and He also blogs regularly at about SQL Server topics.

Basit holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from London Metropolitan University and industry-standard certifications from Microsoft, Sun, Cisco, Brainbench, ProSoft, and APM, which include MCITP Database Administrator 2008, MCITP Database Administrator 2005, MCDBA SQL Server 2000 and MCTS .NET Framework 2.0 Web Applications.

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