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Valai Gunapalan
Real User
Architect 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.
Cesar AugustoSiado Leyva
Consultant
Business Intelligence Consultant 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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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»
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Padmanesh NC
Real User
Big Data Solution Architect - 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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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.
Titus Marcel
User
User at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 13 2018

What is most valuable?

* Computing unit is accessible via SQL: being able to turn them on or off as needed. * Snowpipe (ingesting data) * Looking back in time (being able to look at data in the past within a query) * No… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We were able to implement the entire data eco-system in less than five months, from data integration, data warehousing, ELT, producing fact and dimensional tables, and finally reports.

What needs improvement?

* Snowpipe auto-ingest should be automatic. * A better client UI or command line tool: I think SnowSQL is a little awkward.

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

Snowflake computing is very affordable. Less expensive than Redshift.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Used it at a previous company.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes. I looked at Redshift and Vertica.

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What is Snowflake?

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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