Microsoft Dynamics AX databases can grow quite large over time. Larger databases take up more space which costs money and take longer to perform maintenance like backups, reindexing and database integrity checks. Smaller databases perform better and cost less money. The best practice is to purge unneeded data and archive older data that is still needed for reporting and auditing. This will allow for improved performance, faster response times, reduced costs, and an overall better Dynamics AX user experience.
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