Large tables is relative. How do you define "large table"?
Like Allen, I would be interested in knowing what blocking issues have been observed. And I would also be interested in the statements those analysts want to use. Will this be stored procedures? Do they *really* need the most recent data or might they be able to do their analysis with previous day's data? Hm, coming to think of it, there are a lot of questions to be answered before even thinking about how to technically solve them.
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