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Snowflake: Reinventing the Data Warehouse for the Cloud

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

Traditional data warehouse technology comes from an earlier era. These on-premises systems focused on providing out-of-date access to structured data.

Today, enterprises need rapid access to data of different levels of structure, and they want the scalability and elasticity benefits of the cloud.

Snowflake offers a cloud-native data warehouse that meets these needs. The vendor architected its technology with the cloud in mind, so it provides the elasticity and horizontal scalability across both the compute and storage aspects of the platform.

Snowflake also offers its data warehouse ‘as a service’ (DWaaS), hiding most administration and tuning duties from its customers. It also provides SQL access to both structured and semi-structured data (like JSON), and can make data available for queries in as little as five minutes.

Snowflake currently runs in AWS, competing head to head with Amazon Redshift (an Azure version is also in the works). Unlike Redshift, however, Snowflake built its data warehouse ground up for the cloud for better scalability than Amazon itself can provide.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at [email protected].

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).

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