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Yellowbrick Cloud Data Warehouse Alternatives and Competitors

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Lead Data Analyst at a wholesaler/distributor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Feature-wise complete, good speed and performance, and easy to configure

Pros and Cons

  • "Its speed and performance were the most valuable. Easy configuration of Snowflake in any cloud was also a benefit."
  • "Its pricing or affordability is one of the big challenges. Pricing was the only thing that we didn't like about Snowflake. In terms of technical features, it is a complete solution."

What is our primary use case?

It was only a workshop with training to know the tool. We were just testing the technology, and it was just a demo of the tool. We wanted is to connect switches with IoT and use Snowflake as an engine to process all the big data. It was on top of AWS, but our infrastructure is on top of the Google Cloud Platform.

The intention was to see if we can process on the front-end that we have. We have a console that processes a big amount of data. Instead of using BigQuery, we used Snowflake to see if it is cheaper than using BigQuery, but Snowflake wasn't cost-effective. In the end, we didn't go for this solution. We just saw how it can be implemented, but we never bought anything.

How has it helped my organization?

We don't have a metric, but I would say that the processing time was a key benefit and value-add. It provided on-time processing.

What is most valuable?

Its speed and performance were the most valuable. Easy configuration of Snowflake in any cloud was also a benefit.

What needs improvement?

Its pricing or affordability is one of the big challenges. Pricing was the only thing that we didn't like about Snowflake. In terms of technical features, it is a complete solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Its scalability is great. We have data processing of one terabyte per month.

How was the initial setup?

It was not complex. Our implementation strategy was to put Snowflake on top of Google Cloud solutions instead of BigQuery, but BigQuery was better in price. So, BigQuery won in this case instead of Snowflake.

What about the implementation team?

We got the guidance directly from Snowflake. They have a technical expert for Latin America.

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

We used Snowflake to see if it is cheaper than using BigQuery. It was just to maintain the cost or the KPI regarding the cost of connectivity by users. Snowflake wasn't cheaper than BigQuery, and its affordability was the main issue. 

What other advice do I have?

My advice is to consider Snowflake when you have more customers. I wouldn't consider Snowflake until I have sufficient customers. 

Whether we will consider Snowflake in the future depends on how BigQuery behaves. If the cost of BigQuery starts increasing and becomes similar to Snowflake, we're going to switch. If not, we're going to remain with BigQuery. 

We might also consider other similar solutions, such as Yellowbrick, or switch to another cloud solution, such as Azure or AWS, depending on the price. Right now, we are paying about $2,000 per month. Our goal is to have the total cost of everything to be around $3,000 per month. It is more or less our goal for KPI kind of thing.

I would rate Snowflake an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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