How to improve spatial analysis performance with arcpy at 10.1?

Discussion created by Morag.Hawkins on Nov 22, 2011
Latest reply on Nov 23, 2011 by Morag.Hawkins

Just reading through the beta help site on 10.1 python speed improvements, eg cursors with the data access module, but was wondering if there are ways to improve the speed of overlay, extract  and proximity spatial operations?

So in 10.0, I might use

arcpy.Intersect_analysis (["vegetation_stands", "road_buffer200m", "water_buffer100"], "mysites", "ALL", "", "")

Is there a way to speed this sort of thing up in 10.1 using feature sets or the da module?