Snowflake is a cloud-based data platform that enables faster, easier, and more flexible data storage, processing, and analysis solutions than traditional offerings. It is not based on any existing database technology or “big data” software platform, such as Hadoop. What sets Snowflake apart is its architecture and data exchange capabilities. The Snowflake architecture allows storage and computing to scale independently, so customers can use and pay for storage and computing separately.
In addition, the sharing functionality makes it easy for organizations to quickly exchange secure and controlled data in real time. Snowflake can be used for data lakes, operational data warehouses, data warehouses, and data markets. It enables data storage, processing and analysis solutions that are faster, easier to use and much more flexible than traditional offerings. Its automatic up-and-down scalability and its decoupled processing and storage architecture help balance performance and operating costs.
The service layer is fully maintained by Snowflake and runs on processing instances provided by Snowflake from the cloud provider.The database storage layer contains all the data loaded into Snowflake, including structured and semi-structured data. Companies can deploy data warehouses more quickly with Snowflake, which can be used for ad hoc analysis by executing SQL queries. Access control is a data security privilege that determines who can access and perform operations on specific Snowflake objects. Using Stitch to extract and load data simplifies migration and users can perform transformations on data stored in Snowflake.Snowflake recommends creating a hierarchy (shown in the figure of custom roles), assigning the most important custom role to the role of the SYSADMIN system.
SnapLogic now offers ten pre-designed “Snaps” that connect various data sources and analysis tools to Snowflake's cloud data storage solution.In conclusion, Snowflake is a cloud-based data platform that provides faster, easier, and more flexible solutions than traditional offerings. It allows for independent scaling of storage and computing, as well as secure real-time data exchange. It can be used for various purposes such as data lakes, operational data warehouses, data warehouses, and data markets. It also offers access control privileges to ensure secure operations on specific objects.