Indexes in SQL Server — making queries run faster

Indexes in SQL Server make queries run faster and more efficiently. With the size of databases increasing almost exponentially, being able to return results quickly with minimal stress on the underlying server is crucial. This tutorial includes a practical demonstration of performance gains obtained from creating Clustered, Non-Clustered, and Column indexes. In the demonstration clustered and non-clustered indexes result in a 10 x increase in query performance compared to using no index. The Column index results in further a 10 x increase in performance over the Clustered and Non-clustered indexes (100 x faster than using no index). The video also outlines the basic concepts behind indexes and demonstrates how to quickly created indexes in SQL Server Management studio. Code and sample databases are available from

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