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Demystifying Cloud Data Warehouse Characteristics


Organizations are embracing cloud data warehouses for better agility, flexibility, cost efficiencies, reliability and collaboration. Data and analytics technical professionals can use this research to gain insights into the features and options for deploying cloud data warehouse solutions.

Published: 22 January 2020

ID: G00450909

Analyst(s): Ramke Ramakrishnan

Table Of Contents


  • What Is a Cloud Data Warehouse?
  • An Approach to Cloud Data Warehouse
  • Comparing Traditional and Cloud Data Warehouses
  • Characteristics of the Cloud Data Warehouse
    • Deployment
    • Reliability
    • Performance
    • Security
    • Pricing Models
    • Data Storage
  • Cloud Data Warehouse Service Models
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


  • Cloud Data Warehouse Deployments
  • Cloud Data Warehouse Evaluation Process
  • Technical Use Cases for Cloud Deployments
  • Selecting the Cloud Data Warehouse Service Provider

The Details

  • Dremel Tree Architecture
  • Data Structures in Snowflake
    • Micropartitions
    • Data Clusters

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