Snowflake

Cloud data platform for tech professionals and businesses

About Snowflake

Snowflake is a cloud data platform that can enable critical data workloads and secure collaboration. This solution can be used to run data across multiple regions for a single, unified experience across a business ecosystem. Using a multi-cluster shared data architecture, Snowflake provides access to the same data without affecting business performance. The platform can scale to any volume of data and number of users.

Snowflake provides real-time data that can be distributed across business units and other stakeholders without the need to copy, move, or make changes to existing data sets. With built-in security features, Snowflake allows access to be controlled and monitored. Other features include data discovery enablement, personalized views, access request workflows, and more. Additionally, this solution integrates with many third-party solutions including data management and data analytics platforms.

Pricing starting from:

US$23.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Devices

Business size

S M L

Markets

Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, India, Japan, United States

Supported Languages

Dutch, English, French, Japanese, Spanish

Pricing starting from:

US$23.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Features

Total features of Snowflake: 23

  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Dashboard
  • Data Connectors
  • Data Discovery
  • Data Integration
  • Data Migration
  • Data Storage Management
  • Data Synchronisation
  • Data Visualisation
  • ETL - Extract / Transfer / Load
  • High Volume Processing
  • In-Database Processing
  • Metadata Management
  • Performance Analysis
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Third Party Integrations
  • User Management
  • Workflow Management

Alternatives

Amazon Redshift

4.3
#1 Alternative to Snowflake
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Google Cloud Platform

4.7
#2 Alternative to Snowflake
Google Cloud Platform is a modular-based platform providing multiple build and scale services to businesses of any size...

Amazon S3

4.7
#3 Alternative to Snowflake
Amazon S3 is a simple storage service that helps developers and IT teams store, backup, archive and retrieve data from...

Atlantic.Net Cloud Platform

5
#4 Alternative to Snowflake
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Reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5
(49)
Value for Money
4.2/5
Features
4.4/5
Ease of Use
4.5/5
Customer Support
4.2/5

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Daniel K.
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 201-500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Snowflake has been a game changer

Reviewed on 23/11/2021

Snowflake has been a game changer for us. It has enable all kinds of new architectures due to it's...

Snowflake has been a game changer for us. It has enable all kinds of new architectures due to it's fast and low-cost performance. It has eliminated the need for so many maintenance tasks that used to be such a hassle.

Pros

Snowflake is super fast, requires virtually no maintenance (no logs, indexes, tuning, etc.) and the pay per use price model scales perfectly with cyclical workloads which are common in data warehouse applications.

Cons

It does not natively support any real constraints such as uniqueness or referential integrity which requires the user to explicitly check all these things via stored procedures. The SQL worksheet GUI still has remove to improve but they have been rapidly enhancing it. It's not too uncommon to have brief outages but they are usually resolved within a few hours.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Financial Services
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

A fantastic data warehouse solution that solved all our problems

Reviewed on 05/05/2022

I have an amazing experience using Snowflake. It is better than out previous Data Warehouse...

I have an amazing experience using Snowflake. It is better than out previous Data Warehouse solution in everything I can think of (besides pricing). We are very satisfied with, and I feel very confident on having it as the backend of all our data needs.
It is also important to notice that we had a very pleasent experience with Snowflake's sales and account managers: they were very helpful and not pushy at all.

Pros

Snowflake is exteremely stable and easy to setup. I was able to turn it on and have a reliable Data Warehouse that didn't require me having a lot of cloud knowledge to administrate.
The database administration through the UI is intuitive and the Roles dynamic helps with implementing good data governance and compliance pratics inside the company.
Snowflake also offers user security options out of the box, which was a huge improvement for us. The doccumentation is very well written and SnowSQL offest a lot of useful functions. The main improvement on this front was how Snowflake treats JSON, which helped us a lot.

Cons

If your revenue is not on US dollars, Snowflake is an expensive product, there is no way around that. It is indeed a very good service that charges accordingly. We are using the smallest cluster possible and it was necessary to do some convincing inside the company to approve it for our budget. That being said, the smallest cluster we are using is more than enough for our needs and will be for a long time, so it will take a long time for this cost to increase again, but it was a pretty big budget increase initially.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

How snowflake is different from other data warehouses present in the market.

Reviewed on 11/04/2022

Used for monitoring large amount and data and also use for analysis purposes for taking business...

Used for monitoring large amount and data and also use for analysis purposes for taking business decisions for the companies.

Pros

The best thing is snowflake is a cloud based Warehouse system.and it’s completely based on shares nothing architecture so its gives faster performance during analysis.one more thing i like about this warehouse that the amount of time that you use the main warehouse here for that specific period of time you have to pay other than the warehouse is off for normal queries.particularly in dml statement mainly its uses the warehouse.so its manage automatically weather to use warehouse or not so it is very much good for saving money That’s why now big giants company are shifting towards snowflake for cost effective purposes and the smarter and faster performance it gives.and it also provides a feature call time travel where you can back up your all deleted data in a period of 90 days.

Cons

There are two things I don’t like about the snowflake is it’s doesn’t support unstructured data loading it’s only support the structure and semi structure data. And other one is it’s only support the bulk loading files so it’s difficult for a small size files loading or adding some few columns on it.

David W.
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  • Industry: Information Services
  • Company size: 201-500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

The incredible power of a cloud data platform

Reviewed on 29/03/2022

We use Snowflake to aggregate hundreds and hundreds of disparate databases across many different...

We use Snowflake to aggregate hundreds and hundreds of disparate databases across many different clouds and platforms into one single data warehouse allowing us, for the first time, to give customers visibility of all their data across all our products.

Pros

The concept of Snowflake is so clever - mass amounts of micro-partitions of data, with the storage and compute separated. It is a smart product that enables so much functionality and capability. It is more than simply a database in the cloud, it is truly a feature-rich platform that offers a huge amount of functionality. I also very much like that role-based access is a fundamental part of it. Its data sharing features are terrific too.

Cons

Some things are a little tricky to figure out, like row-level policies the first time you do it, or data masking. There are no triggers. Scheduled tasks are a little limited. Stored procedures are not as simple as I'd like.

Alternatives Considered

Amazon Redshift

Reasons for Switching to Snowflake

We found Snowflake to be a superior user experience with richer functionality.
Todd G.
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  • Industry: Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
  • Company size: 5,001-10,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Snowflake, Unique just like Us

Reviewed on 31/10/2019

My overall experience with Snowflake has been a pleasurable one. Though there have been some...

My overall experience with Snowflake has been a pleasurable one. Though there have been some frustrations at times I have learned and overcome and become a better programmer, and SQL developer for it. I feel like Snowflake is an old friend now.

Pros

The thing that I like most about this software is really if you can think it you can do it with Snowflake. I mean as long as it deals with data. I first started at my company using oracle and I didn't stick with that for long because we adopted snowflake. When we started using snowflake my knowledge of SQL just jumped sky high. Instead of just selecting from tables, I was using cte's and partitions and all of that fun stuff. Snowflake made it super easy to understand and learn. The ability it has to handle the amount of columns that it does is amazing.

Cons

There is a little bit of a learning curve to get the hang of it. But on the surface it is just like any other sql language and you just have to figure out the different quirks that it has. I wish it could give data instantaneously and read my mind on what I want but that is pretty much impossible so I'm going to stick with what I have.

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Snowflake FAQs

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Snowflake offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$23.00/month
  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Capacity storage pricing starts at $23/TB/month. On-demand storage pricing starts at $40/TB/month. Snowflake pricing is based on the volume of data stored and compute time of use. For more information, please contact Snowflake Inc.

Snowflake has the following typical customers:

11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001-5,000

Snowflake supports the following languages:

Dutch, English, French, Japanese, Spanish

Snowflake supports the following devices:

Snowflake integrates with the following applications:

Alation, AtScale, Big Data Informatica, Collibra, DataRobot, Dataiku, Domo, Fivetran, HVR, Immuta, Matillion, Rivery, Salesforce Platform, Segment, Sisense, SnapLogic, Tableau, ThoughtSpot, Workato, h2o.ai

Snowflake offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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