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Your existing index on DATE is obviously useless for the query. The first obvious step for your query: SELECT * FROM tbl WHERE column_a = 'value1' AND column_b = 'value2'; is an index for column_a or column_b (which ever is more selective) or possibly a multicolumn index on (column_a, column_b), like: CREATE INDEX tbl_a_b_idx ON tbl(column_a, column_b); ...


Generally speaking I would recommend a full fledged relational database. This will give you everything you need, and allow you to grow gracefully. As far as what exact engine to use that depends on personal preference/budgetary constraints/hosting requirements/compatability with the application layer/etc. Personally I would probably use the Microsoft ...

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