Scrolling like this : http://legacy.datatables.net/release-datatables/examples/basic_init/scroll_y_infinite.html Say you have 100.000+ rows of data. With classic or virtual scrolling, you allow your user to go to the last page very easily. It ends up with huge skip parameter, and disastrous load times from the DB. You don't want users to be able to run queries which are at the same time useless and very time-consuming server-side. What you really want is for your user to be able to browse a bit of the data with fast queries, and if he wants something else, he should filter data. Infinite scrolling gives him just that feeling.