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Real User
User at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Dec 15 2019

What is most valuable?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

The company is constantly working to improve the product. Now they have a focus on data sharing, which is really great. We already share data with others who do not have Snowflake. That alone is already great. But if the other counterparts… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The whole licensing system is based on credit points. That means you commit to using it and you pay for what you use. You can also make a license agreement with the company so that you buy credit points and then you use them. So if you buy… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We use several products together for our framework. We have our data warehouse which is in Snowflake, we use Domo for standard reporting and we use R for data science analysis. Before we had Snowflake we had a different solution. We… more»

What other advice do I have?

There is not really much advice I can give people considering this solution except that they should use it and enjoy it. It really sounds simple but that is it. Of course, you need to be careful with the usage of your credit points. Because… more»
Valai Gunapalan
Real User
User at Sony Corporation of America
Aug 02 2019

What is most valuable?

The data warehouse is one of the great concepts of Snowflake. The coding plans are also a great feature. You can switch out the values or sizes.

What needs improvement?

It would be helpful if implementation could be handled more on the user-side. We need to train the users on best practices and how to use the solution properly. It's a cost issue. If they don't run it properly then it'll end up costing more… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's an expensive solution. We can't predict exactly how much until we've streamlined everything and the user requirements have been completed, but normally they charge on the storage, which depends upon the average storage amount used for… more»

What other advice do I have?

Because most of the issues you come across can be dealt with on the user's sites, it's important to educate the users and understand their requirements. The best advice I can give is to understand the product and to try to stick to what is… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at IBM because it also has on-premise solutions. We also looked at Azure as well as AWS.
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DivyaRaj
Real User
User at Tech Mahindra Limited
Jan 13 2020

What is most valuable?

Snowflake is the latest technology. It has great flexibility whenever we are loading data and performs ELT (extract, load, transform) techniques instead of ETL. This solution automatically performs micro-partitioning when the data is… more»

What needs improvement?

It is difficult in some cases to perform ETL and this is something that should be included. As it is now, I use Informatica PowerCenter to load data from on-premises to the Snowflake cloud-based data warehouse. If this could be done by… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

You pay based on the data that you are storing in the data warehouse and there are no maintenance costs.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have experience with Informatica PowerCenter and Oracle. PowerCenter uses ETL techniques instead of ELT. Oracle does not automatically perform micro-partitioning. Instead, you have to partition manually and it is a static partition. Prior… more»

What other advice do I have?

This is an awesome tool, but there is room for improvement in terms of integration. Also, in terms of management, nothing is perfect and everything can be improved. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
Cesar AugustoSiado Leyva
Consultant
User at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Oct 10 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are: The multi-clustering: being able to access stored data without contention. Virtual Warehouse (VW) sizing: Change the size of your VW on demand. Zero copy clone: Easy to create development and test… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to have a tool where you can easily see the price because they need clarity of pricing. Support needs improvement, as it can take several days before you get some initial support. Integration could be the key to provide an… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing can be confusing for customers. For example, if a customer is asking for an estimate of the price, it's hard to tell because it is not easy to measure. Improvement on the pricing and how it is presented is needed.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Snowflake is not the only solution we are working with but it is the only solution that we are heavily focusing on and investing our efforts into the knowledge and the training.

What other advice do I have?

I would suggest being careful with selecting resources. Each customer case can be completely different and each can require different resources. It's not only the database itself but also how you integrate it with the analytics and the… more»
Real User
User at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 21 2019

What is most valuable?

The entire managed service operations for the solution is great. Snowflake does everything for us. Whatever version they have, they implement the latest for us; we don't have to worry about any versions, any upgrades, anything else because they handle it.

What needs improvement?

The solution should offer an on-premises version also. We have some requirements where we would prefer to use it as a template. The integration capabilities could be improved.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We're system integrators, so we use different solutions including SQL Server Data Warehouse and Greenplum as well as Snowflake at the moment. I've used many data warehouse solutions, including Hadoop, and Oracle SQL Server Data warehouses. I switched from those to Snowflake because Snowflake is on… more»

What other advice do I have?

We are system integrators, so for all our customers, we offer different solutions. We only use the cloud deployment model. Snowflake doesn't offer on-premises deployments. Snowflake on cloud is the best right now. There are only a few other options. Redshift is not scalable. With SQL Data Warehouse… more»
Padmanesh NC
Real User
Big Data Solution Architect and Spatial Data Specialist at Sciera, Inc.
Jul 29 2018

What is most valuable?

* Scalability. This solution has the ability to load a huge number of datasets (I have experience with petabytes of data) and process them. Storage is not limited, and we can increase what we want. * Performance. The distributed… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We were using MySQL and MongoDB for our regular operations but when we grew, we were forced to handle a huge number of datasets. We could have petabytes of data in and out on a regular basis. We struggled a lot to complete the operations in… more»

What needs improvement?

Snowflake has to improve their spatial components since it doesn't have much in terms of geo-spatial queries.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

With Amazon Redshift, we gained a lot in terms of timing as well as project completion. Even through we are happy with Redshift, in terms of pricing and availability of nodes, I am more comfortable with Snowflake.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have experience working in Hadoop & Redshift as well. When I compare the three (Snowflake, Hadoop, and Redshift), Snowflake is more user-friendly in terms of configuration and maintenance.
RajeshBalasubramaniyan
Real User
User at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 31 2019

What is most valuable?

In terms of features, we have not yet explored the product completely. So we are still in the proof of concept phase. As of now, the product meets our preliminary requirements. The snapshot feature is good and the rollback feature is good. That is why we have the product and these are the key things… more»

What needs improvement?

The recovery process is very simple and very user-friendly as well. The constraint files could be improved. But the most important things are there. Also, the interface is good to work with and user-friendly. If I had to say what needs improvement, in my experience is that the availability is a… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice to someone who is looking at Snowflake is that if they are looking at analytics tools in addition to warehousing and certain advantages of cloud computing, then I would suggest Snowflake. But if they are just looking for the warehousing part where you will later just use another solution… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing to work with Snowflake we looked at virtual solutions and we looked at Redshift, we looked at Qubole and a couple of other cloud options. Earlier when we did a mining site, I was working with Alteryx, so I was already familiar with that product and its capabilities to use for… more»
JatinArora
Real User
User at Celebal Technologies
Dec 05 2019

What is most valuable?

The relational piece and how one dimension relates to another just by using a key is the solution's most valuable aspect. We are managing everything by using simple relations. It's all about the relationships between dimensions.

How has it helped my organization?

We mainly used SQL scripts and provided a solution for different owners who want to query a database but have several tables. Typically, it is not an easy task to read several tables, so we provided our client with a very crisp data model where they can get results in a very quick manner. We… more»

What needs improvement?

Right now, we need to write code, but if they could create a version of Snowflake that was more drag and drop for those managers that don't know how to code, it would be great for our business. The solution could improve the user interface and add functionality to the system.

What other advice do I have?

The solution is deployed on the cloud using Azure, where there's a data warehouse. We primarily use SQL scripts. For those considering implementing, I'd advise that they understand the business very deeply first. Not every business would have a demand for Snowflake, so it's not for everyone. It's… more»
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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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