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Database Compression

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eric.rini
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As you all probably know, one of the new features of SQL2008 is database compression. This (could) represent a huge cost savings to our company by reducing the need to purchase expensive SAN equipment. Does anyone out there have any experience with running compressed databases in production environments?

Specifically:
- What kind of database(s) were the? How much space savings did you get?
- What kind of hardware is the DBMS running on?
- Did the compression induce any performance related problems?
- How much effort is it to analyze each table and determine if should be compressed using row compression or page compression.
- At the end of the day was there a net savings after purchasing the SQL2008 license and cutting back disk usage?
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Some people get significant savings, some don't. You'd have to test. There are some scripts here you could use to test (http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlserverstorageengine/archive/2007/11/13/estimating-the-space-savings-with-data-compression.aspx), and you could use Developer edition to run tests.

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