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Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Unleashed by Paul Bertucci, Alex T. Silverstein, Chris Gallelli, Ray Rankins

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The SQL Server Database Engine

The Database Engine is the core application service in the SQL Server package for storing, processing, and securing data with SQL Server 2014. The SQL Server 2014 Database Engine is a Windows service that can be used to store and process data in a relational format, as XML documents, as spatial data, and as columnstore indexes. The following are the main responsibilities of the Database Engine:

Image Provide reliable storage for data

Image Provide a means to rapidly retrieve this data

Provide consistent access to the data

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