Storing Data

BigQuery manages the technical aspects of storing your structured data, including compression, encryption, replication, performance tuning, and scaling. BigQuery stores data in the Capacitor columnar data format, and offers the standard database concepts of tables, partitions, columns, and rows.

You share stored data with others by using Identity and Access Management (IAM) roles and permissions, and dataset access controls.

BigQuery also supports querying data that’s not in BigQuery storage. For more information, see Querying External Data Sources.

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