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"The solution has many features that are applicable to events such as audits.""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.""The solution is quite good at handling analytics. It's done a good job at helping us centralize them."

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"As long as you don't need to worry about the storage or cost, this solution would be one of the best ones on the market for scalability purposes.""The most valuable features are the clustering, LS50, being able to change the size, the pay per use feature, the flexibility with many different sources and analytic applications.""They separate compute and storage. You can scale storage independently of the computer, or you can scale computing independently of storage. If you need to buy more computer parts you can add new virtual warehouses in Snowflake. Similarly, if you need more storage, you take more storage. It's most scalable in the database essentially; typically you don't have this scalability independence on-premises.""The initial setup is straightforward. You just need to follow the documentation.""The thing I find most valuable is that scalability, space storage, and computing power is separate. When you scale up, it is live from one second to the next — constantly available as you scale — so there is no downtime or interruption of services.""It has great flexibility whenever we are loading data and performs ELT (extract, load, transform) techniques instead of ETL.""I like the idea that you can assign roles and responsibilities, limiting access to data.""The most valuable feature is the snapshot database. In one second, you can just take a snapshot of the database for test purposes."

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"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.""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.""For the end-users, it's not as user-friendly as it could be."

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"There are some stored procedures that we've had trouble with. The solution also needs to fine-tune the connectors to be able to connect into the system source.""Support needs improvement, as it can take several days before you get some initial support.""The solution should offer an on-premises version also. We have some requirements where we would prefer to use it as a template.""The solution could improve the user interface and add functionality to the system.""Maybe there could be some more connectors to other systems, but this is what they are constantly developing anyway.""They do have a native connector to connect with integration tools for loading data, but it would be much better to have the functionality built-in.""If you go with one cloud provider, you can't switch.""Availability is a problem."

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"Pricing can be confusing for customers.""The whole licensing system is based on credit points. You can also make a license agreement with the company so that you buy credit points and then you use them. What you do not use in one year can be carried over to the next year.""You pay based on the data that you are storing in the data warehouse and there are no maintenance costs.""It is not cheap.""The pricing for Snowflake is competitive.""On average, with the number of queries that we run, we pay approximately $200 USD per month.""Pricing is approximately $US 50 per DB. Terabyte is around $US 50 per month.""The price of Snowflake is very reasonable."

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Top Answer: The solution is quite good at handling analytics. It's done a good job at helping us centralize them.
Top Answer: I'm not privvy to licesning information. I'm not sure how much the solution costs.
Top Answer: We occasionally work with third-party libraries and they fail to integrate with this product effectively. For the end-users, it's not as user-friendly as it could be. For example, if I have a Lake… more »
Top Answer: Working with Parquet files is support out of the box and it makes large dataset processing much easier.
Top Answer: There is a licensing for this solution and we purchased an enterprise license. Overall the solution is cost-effective.
Top Answer: Several areas need to be improved, as follows: * Cost reduction: This is always good to have, and nobody would say no to it. * Implement multiple result windows as tabs to compare results. If we can… more »
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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.

Snowflake provides a data warehouse built for the cloud, delivering a solution capable of solving problems for which legacy, on-premises and cloud data platforms were not designed.

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Top Industries
Computer Software Company20%
Media Company18%
Comms Service Provider15%
Insurance Company8%
Computer Software Company40%
Financial Services Firm15%
Manufacturing Company10%
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider15%
Financial Services Firm8%
Insurance Company5%
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Small Business28%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise49%
Small Business11%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise76%
Find out what your peers are saying about AWS Lake Formation vs. Snowflake and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
512,711 professionals have used our research since 2012.

AWS Lake Formation is ranked 7th in Cloud Data Warehouse with 3 reviews while Snowflake is ranked 1st in Cloud Data Warehouse with 39 reviews. AWS Lake Formation is rated 8.0, while Snowflake is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of AWS Lake Formation writes "Good security, excellent online resources and easy to set up". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Snowflake writes "Fast, convenient and requires almost no administration". AWS Lake Formation is most compared with Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics and Firebolt, whereas Snowflake is most compared with Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics, Amazon Redshift, Firebolt, Vertica and VMware Tanzu Greenplum. See our AWS Lake Formation vs. Snowflake report.

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