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Fast Query Window and storage windows

What is the Fast Query Window?

The Fast Query Window is the window of time in which your queries are run against high-performance Primary Storage. Queries that you make inside the time range supported by Primary Storage fall within the Fast Query Window.

The Honeycomb Professional plan also includes additional storage for older events, backed by Secondary Storage. As events age out of Primary Storage, they are moved to Secondary Storage. The Community plan does not include Secondary Storage.

With the combination of Primary and Secondary Storage, you get faster query performance for your more recent data (within the Fast Query Window) while retaining the ability to query across longer retention timeframes as needed, on a per-dataset basis. This lets you decide which kinds of data need longer Fast Query Windows for faster performance, or larger Secondary Storage for greater retention.

Using the Fast Query Window

The time range selector will show you how far your Fast Query Window and full retention period extend.

Fast Query Window indicator in the time range selector

Queries you make within the Fast Query Window are typically slightly faster than those that extend beyond it. You can query across the Fast Query Window boundary into Secondary Storage.

When you query across the boundary into Secondary Storage, results may be a little slower to return, but you don’t have to keep the current window open while the query is running. You can start a new query and find the previous query’s results in your history later.

Managing storage windows

If you are a team owner, you can configure storage for each of your datasets separately.

The combination of the two windows make up the Total Retention Period. For example: if you have 7 days of Fast Query Window retention, older data moves to Secondary storage for an additional 21 days, resulting in a Total Retention Period of 28 days.

For information on how to adjust your storage windows, see our Usage Center documentation.