Why should you consider Snowflake Computing data warehouse as to be a part of your next platform

Many companies adopted Snowflake as their cloud-based data warehouse. It is mainly being used as a central repository for all company data from different business units for the purposes of Business Intelligence.

Let’s look at some of the many benefits that using Snowflake data warehouses can provide.

  1. Ease of Use

Simple user interface – designed to be quite easy to find what you’re looking for. You can get started with the service quickly, and you can automatically or on the fly spin up and down compute clusters of any size for any user or workload without impacting other jobs. Snowflake promises to deliver the performance your organization needs with its built-in query optimizer which allows you to simply focus more on pure data crunching instead of performance tuning.

  1. Fully automated, zero administration

As a DWaaS (data-warehouse-as-a-service) there is no need to worry about configuration, software updates, failures, or scaling your infrastructure as your datasets and users grow. Snowflake supports modern features like auto-scaling warehouse size, auto suspends, big data workloads, and data sharing.

Using those modern features will free your team to focus on use cases of data consumption via preferred data tools, not the underlying system development.

  1. Performance

With Snowflake’s methodology you really don’t have to worry about managing, scaling multi-cluster systems, or tuning clusters for fast performance.

Snowflakes has features like automatic query optimization, no indexes, no need to figure out partitions and partition keys, no need to pre-shard any data for distribution, and no need to remember to update statistics.

  1. Flexibility

Snowflake, combined with an Amazon S3 cloud object storage, offers unparalleled flexibility and value.

  1. Durability

As Snowflake combined with a data lake, this ensures your data is highly available and durable on Amazon S3 (or Azure). And also, your information is redundantly stored across multiple facilities and multiple devices in each facility, including the structured data lake.

  1. Tools

Snowflake has a large growing tools list from connectivity standards ODBC/JDBC to their own Snowpipe offerings. Or a wide variety of BI tools like Tableau, Microsoft Power BI, ThoughtSpot and Snowflake’s own SnowSight.

  1. Cost

In contrast to other cloud data platforms that often have hidden costs and unclear usage quotas, Snowflake offers simple, upfront pricing based on just two items: the amount of data you store and the compute hours you use. This cost-optimized, “on-demand” pricing ensures your data is at the ready for analysis, reporting, or other business activities without incurring “idle” system costs.

When comparing costs of Snowflake vs. Amazon Redshift , we suggest you take some time to calculate compute and storage costs based on your query patterns. Please keep in mind, one of the benefits of Snowflake pricing is the ability to suspense your database, so you are not paying for the idle time. And note that if you cannot take advantage of auto suspending, your costs will rise accordingly.

  1. Encryption and Security

Many organizations handle sensitive data and require it to be adequately protected. For that Snowflake offers high-quality data security.

Snowflake provides full control over access to the data stored in their systems. Also, Snowflake’s offers IP whitelisting to limit the access of your data to only trusted and authorized users. Combined with two-factor authentication, SSO authentication, and AES 256 encryption. And it also encrypts both data in transit and at rest.

Conclusion

Snowflake’s -data-warehouse-as-a-service- model minimizes the optimization/tuning maintenance tasks that used to be done by DBAs and ETL developers. With no servers to manage, software to install, or indexes to tune allows to focus on more analytic tasks and growth of your company.

If you are looking to transfer to the cloud or perhaps you already are using it and just don’t know how to make the most of it, we can definitely help. We like to be on top of all the new tech out there, just like Snowflake and make sure we are able to provide honest and supportive service so you can do what you do best.

Like any other platforms, right implementation is the key to success.

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