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DescriptionCloud-based data warehousing service for structured and semi-structured data
Database modelRelational DBMS
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Rank#166  Overall
#84  Relational DBMS
Technical documentationdocs.snowflake.net/­manuals/­index.html
DeveloperSnowflake Computing Inc.
License Commercial or Open Sourcecommercial
Cloud-based Only available as a cloud serviceyes
Server operating systemshosted
Data schemeyes support of semi-structured data formats (JSON, XML, Avro)
Typing predefined data types such as float or dateyes
XML support Some form of processing data in XML format, e.g. support for XML data structures, and/or support for XPath, XQuery or XSLT.yes
SQL Support of (almost full) SQL standard (DML, DDL and DCL statements)yes
APIs and other access methodsCLI Client
Supported programming languagesJavaScript (Node.js)
Server-side scripts Stored proceduresuser defined functions
Triggersno similar concept for controling cloud resources
Partitioning methods Methods for storing different data on different nodesyes
Replication methods Methods for redundantly storing data on multiple nodesyes
MapReduce Offers an API for user-defined Map/Reduce methodsno
Consistency concepts Methods to ensure consistency in a distributed systemImmediate Consistency
Foreign keys Referential integrityyes
Transaction concepts Support to ensure data integrity after non-atomic manipulations of dataACID
Concurrency Support for concurrent manipulation of datayes
Durability Support for making data persistentyes
In-memory capabilities Is there an option to define some or all structures to be held in-memory only.no
User concepts Access controlUsers with fine-grained authorization concept, user roles and pluggable authentication
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Specific characteristics

Snowflake is the only data warehouse built for the cloud. Snowflake delivers the performance, concurrency and simplicity needed to store and analyze all of an organization’s data in one location. Snowflake’s technology combines the power of data warehousing, the flexibility of big data platforms and the elasticity of the cloud at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions.

Competitive advantages

Snowflake was designed from the start for the cloud, with a unique architecture that makes it possible to bring together diverse data in a single solution that can scale on-the-fly to handle any volume of data, workload, and users with consistently great performance. Snowflake delivers all that in a zero-management service that eliminates manual administration and tuning.

Licensing and pricing models

Snowflake is a cloud service with usage-based pricing: customers pay for the amount of data stored in Snowflake and the number of processing hours used for queries.

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Recent citations in the news

Snowflake cloud data warehouse startup raises $100M; Madrona's role reunites ex-Microsoft execs
5 April 2017, GeekWire

Cloud data warehouse startup Snowflake opens Seattle-area engineering office, plans big growth
30 March 2017, GeekWire

Snowflake spreads its footprint
17 April 2017, ZDNet

Microsoft vet scores $100M for San Mateo startup to compete with Amazon on its own cloud
6 April 2017, Silicon Valley Business Journal

Looker raises $81M as It Helps Shepherd Database Technology Into
1 April 2017, SDxCentral

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