This is a new SQL Server 2000 feature, which is available when using SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition only. Due to distributed partitioned views, SQL Server 2000 now on the first place in the TPC-C tests.
The result set of the indexed view is persist in the database and indexed for fast access. Because indexed views depend on base tables, you should create indexed views with SCHEMABINDING option to prevent the table or column modification that would invalidate the view. Furthermore, using views instead of heavy-duty queries can reduce network traffic and can be used to facilitate permission management.
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