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Disk trends will drive the need for column stores

Monday Oct 1st 2007 by DatabaseJournal.com Staff

This post discusses how trends in disk drive technology will eventually compel vendors that take decision support queries seriously to adopt column-store architecture.

[From The Database Column]

In a recent post, Sam Madden explained the benefits that column-store architecture offers decision support applications. Summarizing briefly, columns stores have two significant advantages over row stores for such applications: First, only the columns needed by a query need to be read from disk; second, column stores, by their very nature, can be compressed much more effectively than row stores.

The article continues at http://www.databasecolumn.com/2007/09/disk-trends.html

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