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Is there is any alternatives for big union query in sql ?

Is there is any alternatives for big union query in sql ?
how do i split big union querys ?
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The UNION query is quite efficient and works even on large tables. I have personally run it on tables as large as few hundred million records and it completes in a day or two max. But the important thing here is RAM. You need a good amount of RAM to speed up your query.

Suppose that is not an option, then below is the alternative:

The purpose of running a UNION query is to merge two tables and remove duplicates.
The fastest alternative is to simply insert the second table into the first table. I do this using the import/export wizard which is quite fast in inserting rows.

After the insert is over, we now need to remove duplicates.

For this I use the procedure provided by Microsoft in this wonderful step by step article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/139444


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it depends on what your union query is actually doing...

please post it....

or at least give further information on its structure...

e.g.  is it returning a result set for multiple criteria but against the same underlying tables...
  or is it returning a result set from multiple table sources?

what do you mean by big ...?
a large number of rows in the result set , or the query itself occupies many lines of code?
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hi Lowfatspread:

  it is not the result set of same tables its from different tables.
the union is like ....

select  busineess_id,date,sales_amount from (
select  busineess_id,date,sales_amount from  sales_southzone il where date='2010-11-11'
union
select  busineess_id,date,sales_amount from  sales_northzone  where date='2010-11-11'
union
select  busineess_id,date,sales_amount from  sales_eastzone  where date='2010-11-11'
union
select  busineess_id,date,sales_amount from  sales_westzone  where date='2010-11-11'
union
select  busineess_id,date,sales_amount from  sales_northeastzone  where date='2010-11-11'
union
select  busineess_id,date,sales_amount from  sales_southeastzone  where date='2010-11-11'
) from a where a.

--- each where clause has to many conditions and final outer query also has more condition and some query has included left out join

If you place the queries in a stored procedure, it will allow you to insert the rows from the queries into a temp table. Then you can query the temp table with the final conditions and joins and return that as the result set. The stored procedure will allow for a lot of flexibility in how you build the temptable and could provide easier maintenance in the long run.
what is the reason for the underlying table structure?

do the tables exist in the same database?
could a partioned view be constructed over the tables?
the db has  created 5 years back. So i do not know the reason.   The tables exists in the same db.
I have no idea of partioned  views and in the query i have so many outer joins so i do not able to create indexed views.