The Guide to Avalanche Cloud Data Warehouses

Actian recently launched its third-generation Avalanche cloud data warehouse solution, offering a fully managed service on the AWS cloud platform. The new Avalanche promises to deliver breakthrough levels of speed and flexibility at a price/performance ratio significantly lower than other top cloud data warehouses. Curious what the Avalanche has to offer? Here’s a quick three-minute read on what you need to know.

What is a cloud data warehouse?

A cloud data warehouse integrates multiple data sources and databases into a public cloud system. The benefit of cloud data warehouses is that this service is optimized specifically for large-scale business analytics and can quickly and easily provide a comprehensive view of your company’s data. Cloud data warehouses are also exceptionally scalable and known for their ease of use for sorting and analyzing large amounts of data.

What is an Avalanche cloud data warehouse?

Avalanche is a hybrid cloud data warehouse service developed by Actian, a leading computer software company headquartered in Palo Alto, California. Per Actian:

“Actian Avalanche is a fully managed hybrid cloud data warehouse service designed from the ground up to deliver high performance and scale across all dimensions – data volume, concurrent user, and query complexity – at a fraction of the cost of alternative solutions. It is a true hybrid platform that can be deployed on-premises as well as on multiple clouds, including AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud*, enabling you to migrate or offload applications and data to the cloud at your own pace.”

Avalanche versus Snowflake, which is better?

Whether Avalanche or Snowflake is the best choice for your business is dependent on a range of factors. In a head-to-head comparison by Gartner, Snowflake ranked higher across the board with exceptional scores in product capabilities and customer experience.  

The many benefits of Snowflake do potentially come at a price. Actian claims to offer a 9x price-performance advantage with its third-generation Avalanche over Snowflake and guarantees to cut Snowflake bills in half. As reported by Gigaom in their Data Warehouse in the Cloud Benchmark report:

“Snowflake’s multi-cluster option is quite expensive as costs multiply rapidly when multiple clusters are employed. For example, if a customer is paying the $4 per hour rate for full support and security, an X-Large 16-node cluster normally costs $64 per hour to run. If users hit Snowflake with a high volume of concurrent query requests (for example, at the end of month), Snowflake will spin up an additional four clusters to handle the workload. This would spike the cost to $320 per hour.”

To determine if Snowflake or Avalanche is a better fit for your business, we recommend contacting a qualified cloud data warehouse consultant. They will be able to evaluate your existing on-premises IT infrastructure and processes and provide a road map for matching your business needs with the appropriate cloud data warehouse solution. 

What companies should choose Actian Avalanche?

For companies with a mix of cloud-based data processing requirements and on-premises databases, Actian Avalanche is an excellent hybrid cloud data warehouse solution. A recent article in TechTarget highlights one of Avalanche’s primary benefits:

“Among key features are the ability to integrate with real-time data pipelines as well as a federated hybrid query capability to search for data across different sources, both on premises and across multiple cloud deployments.”

Avalanche is well suited for businesses that require comprehensive analytics database solutions with a combination of cloud-based and on-premises data. 

What companies should choose Snowflake?

Snowflake data warehouses are among the best enterprise-level data cloud management solutions available and one of tech’s most valuable startups.

Snowflake is an excellent choice for a wide range of companies. Whether you run a small tech company or manage IT for a multinational corporation, Snowflake’s secure and efficient data management and analytics services can meet your needs. Snowflake also offers available security solutions for federally-regulated industries and governmental organizations.

In order to take advantage of Snowflake’s impressive capabilities, however, data must be cloud-based and migrated from on-premise databases if needed. 

Who are the top cloud data warehouse vendors?

The top cloud data warehouse vendors include Amazon Redshift, Actian Avalanche, Google BigQuery, Microsoft Azure, Snowflake, and Vertica. To determine which cloud data warehouse solution and vendor is the best fit for your business needs, we recommend requesting a proof of concept from a qualified cloud data warehouse consultant.

Do I need a cloud data warehouse consultant near me?

Having a cloud data warehouse consultant near you is beneficial for seamless integration with your analytics team and on-premise data center. However, it may not always be possible to have a consultant on site. When selecting a remote consultant, we recommend verifying that your preferred provider has an established virtual workflow with a focus on excellent communication from start to finish. At, we work with local and global clients efficiently, and the key is a well-established process and communication plan.

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