What is Snowflake?

Snowflake is a highly scalable data warehouse that is built natively for the Cloud. Snowflake has been designed for separation of service, compute and storage. This means that different types of users can access the data concurrently with limitless clusters that are immediately available.

The Technology

Why Snowflake?

Snowflake uses a brand new architecture to provide the benefits it does. It has a multi-cluster shared data architecture that separates the Service, Compute and Storage elements of a data warehouse. The unique pricing model for Snowflake makes it an ideal entry point into data analytics data warehousing.

Key benefits

  • Complete SQL database: This means that the skills that organisations already has in SQL will not go to waste.
  • Zero management: The platform is fully managed so there is no need for tuning you simply load the data and run the queries and that is it.
  • All of your data: Because your data is stored centrally it is widely available and that includes both structured and unstructured data sources such as JSON, XML and Avro.
  • All of your users: Loading data does not impact on querying performance due to the separation of compute and storage.
  • Live data sharing: Share data without moving or copying.
  • Pay only for what you use: Scale compute up and down as required and the price for storage is comparable with S3 pricing.

Snowflake has revitalised the data warehouse industry. Now businesses of all sizes, budgets and team capabilities can benefit from fast and accurate data reporting. There is no need now to have a large database administration team working on tuning the data warehouse. Analysts can have access to more raw data sources and data ingestion is more straightforward. There really is no excuse now as everyone can afford to access data insight!

Helen Woodcock
Business Development

About Snowflake

Snowflake is the only data warehouse built for the cloud, enabling the data-driven enterprise with instant elasticity, secure data sharing and per-second pricing, across multiple clouds. Snowflake combines the power of data warehousing, the flexibility of big data platforms and the elasticity of the cloud at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions. Snowflake: Your data, no limits.