Zaloni + Snowflake - Extensibility Wins for Cloud DataOps

February 13, 2020 Brett Carpenter

Are you one of the many organizations with an aging, on-premises data warehouse or data lake? As you sit with your budget each year, it can be staggering to realize what you’re paying for those storage costs. With the availability of so many cloud providers and storage options, the process of migrating to the cloud can be intimidating and confusing.

However, the many cloud-centric vendors, cloud database options, and various methods of cloud adoption, can make migration intimidating. This post examines your options and lays out ways to get your cloud data operations set up for success.

Your cloud options

There are many companies out there that offer “cloud” options. A search for cloud providers gives you a vast list of terms like cloud data lake, cloud data warehouse, enterprise data cloud, none of which really help you in your choice. Many aren’t cloud-native and have come to the cloud as an after-thought but each has their advantages to individual situations. One in particular, Snowflake, has been built natively for the cloud and has been gaining popularity in the market for the reasons outlined below.

Why Snowflake?

Snowflake is a pure cloud data warehouse. They’ve understood from the beginning that there is a need for SQL-native processing and procedures that can be built and stored in a cloud-native warehouse.

It’s easy to start leveraging the power of the cloud when choosing Snowflake. There are no disparate services or decentralized data sources to worry about. All your hardware, software, and services needs are packaged into one simple lease model. On top of that, they also cache many of your data files which speeds up processing and saves on costs.

As with any cloud migration, you do need to understand that there will be an inherent internal shift in responsibilities. Your on-prem data management teams might need to change focus to be more cloud-centric. But this is the case with any move to the cloud! (and think of all the space you’ll have for activities by removing your on-prem hardware!)

Why Zaloni + Snowflake?

Trusted data operations alongside analytics acceleration are consistently achieved by combining Snowflake data warehousing with Zalon's Data Platform. Our platform facilitates a seamless on-premises to cloud migration by provisioning structured and unstructured data from your on-premises data stores to your Snowflake environment.

Once your data is in your brand new Snowflake cloud data warehouse, you can use Snowflake itself as your data processing engine for the Zaloni platform’s workflows and sandboxes. Our platform ensures you only load high-value data into your environment so your query cycles aren’t being wasted on data of little value - especially since Snowflake leverages a pay-per-usage model.

If you’re looking to modernize your current data environment and achieve DataOps success, a combination of Snowflake and Zaloni can:

  • Help you get to the cloud faster.
  • Provide accelerated insights into your data.
  • Save on your operational costs.
  • Achieve never-before-realized data potential.

Interested in getting started right away? Get your custom demo of the Zaloni Data Platform!

About the Author

Brett Carpenter

Brett Carpenter is the Marketing Strategist for Zaloni. When he's not diving into the world of data lakes, creating engaging content, or leading community endeavors, he's either enjoying the great outdoors or exploring the food scene in the Raleigh-Durham area.

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