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An Assessment of Snowflake as a Cloud Data Warehouse


Snowflake has seen a rapid increase in deployments with its advanced cloud architecture and modern data warehouse capabilities. Data and analytics technical professionals should use this research to evaluate if Snowflake meets Gartner’s key criteria for a cloud data warehouse.

Published: 24 January 2020

ID: G00463928

Analyst(s): Daniel Cota

Table Of Contents


  • Snowflake in a Nutshell
    • Storage
    • Compute
    • Services
  • Assessing Snowflake’s Key Criteria
    • Management of Large Data Volumes
    • Bulk/Batch Data Loading
    • Streaming Data
    • Support for Queries on Multiple Data Types and Sources
    • Support for Unstructured Data
    • Support for Advanced Analytics Queries
    • Support for Operational and Real-Time BI Queries
    • Support for Users of Differing Types and Skills
    • Use-Case Suitability
    • Administration and Management
    • System Availability
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


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