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System Properties Comparison Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse vs. Snowflake

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NameMicrosoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse  Xexclude from comparisonSnowflake  Xexclude from comparison
DescriptionElastic, large scale data warehouse service leveraging the broad eco-system of SQL ServerCloud-based data warehousing service for structured and semi-structured data
Primary database modelRelational DBMSRelational DBMS
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Score9.31
Rank#42  Overall
#26  Relational DBMS
Score2.78
Rank#91  Overall
#47  Relational DBMS
Websiteazure.microsoft.com/­services/­sql-data-warehousewww.snowflake.com
Technical documentationdocs.microsoft.com/­azure/­sql-data-warehousedocs.snowflake.net/­manuals/­index.html
DeveloperMicrosoftSnowflake Computing Inc.
Initial release20162014
License infoCommercial or Open Sourcecommercialcommercial
Cloud-based only infoOnly available as a cloud serviceyesyes
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Implementation languageC++
Server operating systemshostedhosted
Data schemeyesyes infosupport of semi-structured data formats (JSON, XML, Avro)
Typing infopredefined data types such as float or dateyesyes
XML support infoSome form of processing data in XML format, e.g. support for XML data structures, and/or support for XPath, XQuery or XSLT.noyes
Secondary indexesyes
SQL infoSupport of SQLyesyes
APIs and other access methodsADO.NET
JDBC
ODBC
CLI Client
JDBC
ODBC
Supported programming languagesC#
Java
PHP
JavaScript (Node.js)
Python
Server-side scripts infoStored proceduresTransact SQLuser defined functions
Triggersnono infosimilar concept for controling cloud resources
Partitioning methods infoMethods for storing different data on different nodesSharding, horizontal partitioningyes
Replication methods infoMethods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesyesyes
MapReduce infoOffers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsnono
Consistency concepts infoMethods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemImmediate ConsistencyImmediate Consistency
Foreign keys infoReferential integrityyesyes
Transaction concepts infoSupport to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataACIDACID
Concurrency infoSupport for concurrent manipulation of datayesyes
Durability infoSupport for making data persistentyesyes
In-memory capabilities infoIs there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.no
User concepts infoAccess controlyesUsers with fine-grained authorization concept, user roles and pluggable authentication

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