Gaining the Performance Edge Using a Column-Oriented Database Management System

Storing data in columns rather than rows offers better performance for very large datasets and can be more cost effective as well.

Sybase: The data explosion in the last few years is well documented. Unfortunately, as enterprise data warehouses grow, the analysis and reporting tools which use that data can slow. However, a columnar approach to database management can alleviate some of those problems.

This white paper compares row-based and column-based approaches to databases and elaborates the benefits of the column-oriented method.

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