Bloor Research: What’s Cool About Columns

June 10, 2010

For much of the last decade, the use of column-based approaches has been very much a niche activity. But columns are beginning to step out of the shadows to become a major force in data warehousing and associated data management techniques. This white paper defines what column-based relational databases do and how they do it, and describes the advantages and disadvantages compared to traditional approaches.