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The Snowflake Data Cloud | At a Glance

On-premise data warehouses are large, costly, inflexible and require constant upkeep, that’s why most businesses are moving to data clouds. We’ve been helping our clients transition for years and we anticipate these projects increasing tenfold as the industry accepts clouds for what they are – easy, secure, scalable and cost-effective.  

There are countless data cloud offerings in the market, so which one should you choose?  

Not all data clouds are built equal which is why we partner with market leaders who have truly cracked the code, Snowflake. Their innovative Data Cloud offering is truly unparalleled and as their APJ Partner of the Year 2022, we know a lot about implementing their solutions. 

What is a Data Cloud? 

In its absolute most basic form, a data cloud is a storage centre for your data hosted externally.  

More technically, it is a cloud-built data warehouse that provides real time collaboration, virtually infinite scalability and a unified single source of truth.  

Why the Data Cloud? 

By moving to the cloud you can optimise performance significantly in many ways including: 

1. Costs 

Maintenance: On-premise data warehouses are notoriously expensive, from initial set up to on-going price to run. Although some businesses benefit from having their own physical server, often the cloud alternative is a cheaper and better fit. By implementing a cloud data solution, you can save significantly by removing the need for both hardware and man hours.  

Pay for what you use: Snowflake offers many tiers of services to satisfy all organisation sizes, from start-ups to enterprises. Their per-second billing options mean you pay for exactly the power and capacity you use and, better yet, you can be comfortable that the cost to performance benefits are worth it.

2. Scalability  

The Snowflake Data Cloud seamlessly scales to support you whether you need fifty users or thousands. Their advanced architecture allows for instant elasticity meaning one platform can serve different users, workloads and requirements simultaneously and cohesively.

3. Security 

Snowflake provides several security capabilities including access control, authentication, authorisation and encryption. This ensures data holders can strictly segment access to data, so they share only what they want other people (internal or external) to see.  

More specifically, they have an always-on, enterprise-grade data encryption feature, annual rekeying of encrypted data, federated authentication, dynamic data masking, and external data tokenisation.  

Snowflake complies with industry-standard, government and region-specific technology certifications including, but not limited to, ISO/IEC 27001 and SOC 1/SOC 2 Type II, HIPAA, GDPR and FedRAMP. 

4. Collaboration & Silo Reduction 

Arguably, one of the most important benefits of The Snowflake Data Cloud is the fact it makes sharing data easy (without the compliance risks)! Gone are the days of copying data – compile and consolidate your data to create a single source of truth for your business and streamline the collaboration process.  

Businesses utilising the Data Cloud see a reduction of data silos as data warehouses, lakes, and marts storing varying types of data all live on a single platform. Whilst this data is used for valuable analytics by various teams there is significantly less performance degradation despite concurrent users or workloads thanks to Snowflake’s unique architecture.  

Wherever data or users live, Snowflake delivers a single and seamless experience across multiple clouds.