Snowflake’s decoupling of storage and compute features facilitates virtual warehouses and storage as separate entities. Leveraging this functionality of Snowflake, businesses can achieve greater flexibility in choosing the compute of their choice and incrementally pay for what they store and compute. Users can scale up / down or in/out based on the business SLA requirement. Scale up – Scale-out features do not require downtime and are almost instant.
Snowflake’s auto-resume and auto-suspend features provide minimal administration. Using auto-resume, Snowflake starts a compute cluster when a query is triggered and suspends compute clusters after a set time of inactivity. These two features ensure performance optimisation, cost management, and flexibility.
In business circumstances where more users are querying heterogeneous queries, setting up auto-scaling can help automatically expand the number of clusters from 1 to 10 at an increment of 1 based on the volume of queries sent to a compute simultaneously.
Concurrency is no longer a problem for Snowflake, unlike traditional data warehouses with concurrency issues where users and processes must compete for resources. Because of Snowflake’s multi-cluster architecture, concurrency is not an issue anymore.
This architecture also helps to divide workloads into their virtual warehouse and channel the traffic to each virtual warehouse (compute) by functions or departments.
A data cloud as a service is provided by Snowflake (DWaas). Businesses can set up and administer a system without significant assistance from DBA or IT teams. Unlike the on-premise platforms, neither hardware commissioning nor software installation patch-update is s necessary. Snowflake manages software updates and introduces new functions and patches without downtime.
Snowflake automatically creates micro-partitioning. This feature reduces the requirement of manually indexing and clustering tables though these are available features in Snowflake.
Being a cloud-agnostic platform, Snowflake can migrate its workloads with other cloud providers. So, Snowflake is accessible on all three cloud providers: AWS, Azure, and GCP. Customers can easily integrate Snowflake into their existing cloud architecture and choose to deploy in locations preferred by their companies.
The requirement to manage semi-structured data, often in JSON format, gave rise to NoSQL database solutions. Data pipelines are created to extract attributes from JSON and mix them with structured data. By leveraging VARIANT, a schema on read data type, Snowflake’s design enables storing structured and semi-structured data in the exact location. Both organised and semi-structured data can be stored using the VARIANT data type. Snowflake eliminates the need for data extraction pipelines by automatically analysing data, extracting properties, and saving it in a columnar format.
Snowflake can connect to staging areas like s3 bucket, Azure blob or GCP blob storage to retrieve and transform files stored in these platforms. This is regardless of the cloud Snowflake is hosted. A snowflake-managed staging area is also available. Tasks/ Streams or Snowpipe can be set to retrieve data at a scheduled time or almost instantly, respectively. Snowflake can work with CSV, JSON, XML, Avro, ORC, and Parquet file formats. Snowflake can also store metadata of unstructured data stored in the staging area.
A wide range of data, data services, and applications are available on the Marketplace. From some of the world’s top data and solution suppliers, you can find, assess, and buy data, data services, and apps through Marketplace. Direct access to data ready for querying and pre-built SaaS connections virtually eliminates the expenses and delays associated with conventional ETL operations and integration. The risk and hassle of duplicating and relocating outdated material should be avoided. Instead, you can receive automatic updates that are close to real-time and have secure access to shared, controlled, and live data.
One of the distinctive Snowflake elements is time travel. You may follow the evolution of data through time by using time travel. All accounts have access to this Snowflake feature, free and enabled by default for everyone. Additionally, this Snowflake feature allows you to retrieve a Table’s historical data. At any moment throughout the previous 90 days, one can access the table’s appearance.
Time travel encompasses the undrop feature. If an object has not been removed yet by the system, a dropped object can be recovered using the undrop command in Snowflake. When an object is undropped, it returns to its original condition. The option to undrop schemas or tables is also available.
The clone capability allows us to quickly duplicate anything, including databases, schemas, tables, and other Snowflake objects, in almost real time. Therefore, cloning an object involves editing its metadata rather than duplicating its storage contents. You can quickly produce a clone of the whole production database for testing purposes.
With the help of the Snowpark feature, data scientists and data engineers proficient in Python, Scala, R, and Java may create and manage their codes in Snowflake. Snowpark helps to employ the computing capabilities of Snowflake to retrieve, transform, train and apply data science models on the data stored in Snowflake, which has a more apparent performance advantage,
The new Snowflake web user interface, Snowsight, replaces the traditional Snowflake SQL Worksheet and enables you to easily construct basic charts and dashboards that can be shared or explored by many users, do data validation while loading data and conduct ad-hoc data analysis. The Snowflake dashboards tool is an excellent option because it works well for individuals or small group users in an organisation who wish to generate straightforward visualisations and share information among themselves.
Snowflake assures security for its users through the following methods:
AES 256 strong encryption is used to automatically encrypt all data, both in transit and at rest.
The advantages of Snowflake pricing are:
Optimisation of Snowflake spending through integration with innovative cost-monitoring platforms.
Snowflake stands as an ideal and popular choice because of its unique and updated features. It is also available across many data cloud providers and regions, making it accessible and suitable for all organisations. Why wait? Let’s experience Snowflake. Try now: https://beinex.com/snowflake/.