Understanding Snowflake Table Structures

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Understanding Snowflake Table Structures

Alejandro Penzini Answered question December 19, 2023
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Understanding Snowflake's Physical Table Structure:

While data appears as familiar rows and columns in Snowflake tables, its physical storage involves innovative concepts like micro-partitions and data clustering.

This section dives into these crucial elements, revealing the inner workings of Snowflake's table structure. Furthermore, it provides expert guidance on explicitly defining clustering keys for massive tables (multi-terabytes) to optimize maintenance and query performance.

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Alejandro Penzini Answered question December 19, 2023
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