AWS Lake Formation Overview

AWS Lake Formation is the #7 ranked solution in our list of top Cloud Data Warehouse tools. It is most often compared to Snowflake: AWS Lake Formation vs Snowflake

What is AWS Lake Formation?

AWS Lake Formation is a service that makes it easy to set up a secure data lake in days. A data lake is a centralized, curated, and secured repository that stores all your data, both in its original form and prepared for analysis.

AWS Lake Formation Buyer's Guide

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Vishal Dhamke
Lead Security Architect at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
Sep 23, 2020
Good security, excellent online resources and easy to set up

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution as a cloud data warehouse.

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution has many features that are applicable to events such as audits."
  • "The solution could make improvements around orchestration and doing some automation stuff on AWS front automation. It would be useful if we could use automation to build images and use hardened images which are CIS compliant."

What other advice do I have?

Our company does not have a business relationship with AWS. We're just a customer. I'm not sure which version of the solution we're using. The thing is that we are not forcing the end-user or the project team to deploy the application. They have the liberty to choose their own platform. Either they can go with AWS or they can go with Azure. Most of the projects which are deployed on non-Windows OS tend to go for AWS. My area of expertise is more in the auditing of the security standards and maintaining the security requirements as per the industry standard. I'm more in a security architect…
reviewer1457997
Technical Head & Director - Data , AI & Robotics at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Dec 30, 2020
Stable and good at handling analytics but needs to better accept integrations

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution in order to build infrastructure. It's basically for building network infrastructure.

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is quite good at handling analytics. It's done a good job at helping us centralize them."
  • "For the end-users, it's not as user-friendly as it could be."

What other advice do I have?

We're strictly customers of AWS. We're end-users. I'm not sure which version of the solution we're using. My advice to other organizations would be to not think of this solution as a one-time activity. It's an ongoing thing. It's a big change and there will new services and therefore it's constantly changing. You have to make sure that it's part and parcel of your everyday operations. The solution is pretty stable, or stable in the long run. However, every single day there is a need to grow the infrastructure, or there are new services being added externally and internally. You deploy more…
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reviewer1194768
Head of Business Intelligence, Analytics and Big Data Service Line (in Italy) at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Nov 4, 2020
Easily integrated solution

What is our primary use case?

In general, our clients use this as storage for raw data coming from systems. Our experience is that from the raw data you have to build up the data lake like a data warehouse. It's quite easy to pass from S3, for example, to Redshift. We used the data lake on AWS to store raw data and in some other cases to process advanced analytics. But the main use case here is storing raw data or archiving some data.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most important advantage in using AWS Lake Formation is its ability to connect the data lake to the other technologies in AWS. This is what I advise my clients."
  • "In our experience what could be improved are not the support, performance or monitoring, but at a managerial level, the very expensive professional services of AWS. This could be an area of improvement for them. It's too expensive to acquire their support."

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of one to ten, I would give AWS Lake Formation a nine. In our experience, this AWS solution is one of the main players now on the market in this field. Additionally, because they can connect the offer in terms of infrastructure and software, sometimes you can combine the price and discount of infrastructure and software. This could be an advantage for clients.