How Do I Migrate an Application to Snowflake?

The benefits of a cloud data warehouse for any business, regardless of its scale and size, are indisputable. The last few years have in fact seen a rapid transition of business data warehousing from the traditional on-premise structure to cloud data warehousing – and as such the demand for on-demand data and expectations from cloud data warehousing solutions have exploded. Snowflake is the answer to meet the escalating on-demand data requirements of businesses. 

Decision makers in any organization need access to data that is up-to-date and can be easily consumed. However, collecting and organizing business intelligence in an efficient manner from a wide range of ever-evolving data sources can be challenging. Tradition on-premise data warehouses are limited in their scale and power to support extensive concurrent workloads. 

This is where a cloud data warehouse such as Snowflake can provide business with the kind of flexibility, performance, and scalability they need to stay competitive as well as to grow and expand. Designed as a fully-managed platform, Snowflake offers simplified usage and is capable of powering an extensive number of concurrent workloads. 

What is Snowflake?

Snowflake is a cloud data warehousing platform designed to support all your data needs and enables data teams to easily store, access, and use data.  According to Snowflake: Snowflake is an analytic data warehouse provided as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Snowflake provides a data warehouse that is faster, easier to use, and far more flexible than traditional data warehouse offerings. (Source

Snowflake is designed with robust capabilities for supporting data lakes, development of data application, data engineering and data science – the solution can also deliver secure sharing and consumption of shared data. Using Snowflake, you can share data from different systems – even among systems running disparate programs that did not talk to each other before.  

Where traditional data warehouses only deliver limited capacity and capabilities, Snowflake can deliver extensive support for wide spectrum of data types and BI solutions while also enabling your internal and external teams to quickly and seamlessly collaborate via extract, transform, load (ETL) pipeline. Unlike traditional data warehouse solutions, Snowflake can also deliver support for most structured and unstructured data types. A Snowflake data warehouse integrates with the following cloud providers:

  • Google Cloud Storage (GCS)
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Microsoft Azure

Why should I migrate an application to Snowflake?

There are several advantages of switching to Snowflake data warehouses for all types of businesses and organizations regardless of their size and scale of operations. Consider the following top advantages:

Simplified Implementation

Snowflake offers easy implementation, is a highly flexible and efficient solution, and is one of the most accessible data warehouse platforms for cloud migration. Its data platform-as-a-service structure also means you don’t have to deal with complexities of setting up and managing hardware or IT infrastructure.

High on Performance & Low on Cost 

Snowflake has been designed to deliver performance, flexibility, and near-infinite scalability and with capacity to support concurrent workloads. Even when teams, user(s), application(s) and automated workloads run independently, Snowflake can support them in isolation on dedicated resources while maintaining top performance levels. 

The pricing structure of Snowflake is usage-based with a per-second option. You can store unlimited amounts of data and only pay for your data storage and used computing time.

Easy Sharing & Collaboration in Real-time

Snowflake can support easy enterprise-wide sharing and collaboration in real-time as well as with external work partners without the need for shifting of data from the data warehouse. You don’t need a third-party application when combining and aligning data from multiple Snowflake data accounts. The SQL functions built into the Snowflake solution also makes it easy for you to securely access business data from any location. 

Access & Security 

Snowflake has robust built-in protection structure which aligns perfectly with SOC 1 and 2 Type II, and PCI DSS requirements. In addition, the platform has multiple levels of encryption and network security which make it an ideal cloud data warehouse platform for governmental, health, and financial services among others. 

How do I migrate an application to Snowflake?

Database migrations can take time – in some cases, the entire process can even take months to complete successfully. The advantage of migrating an application to Snowflake data warehouse is that it does not require any capacity planning. Application migration can be done using the standard SQL and DML which have been written into your operations.

Snowflake offers extensive resources and artifacts that can help you plan your application migration to ensure your business benefits from improved access and manageability. In addition, you can easily access Snowflake’s exhaustive documentation and helpful videos if you are a first time Snowflake customer. 

If you are seriously considering switching from your legacy data warehouse to Snowflake, then you might want to speak with an experienced cloud migration service provider such as NextPhase.ai

What is a cloud application migration strategy?

A number of considerations go into determining a successful application migration strategy. You will need to factor in aspects such as the dependencies and technical needs of the application(s) you want to migrate to the Snowflake platform. In addition, you also need to take into account other important business considerations which include your organization security, the compliance protocols, as well as budget and cost limitations. 

It is important to note that all your applications might not take one single path to the cloud. Even in a singular or uniform technology ecosystem, different applications might require different paths to the cloud. If you need help with mapping a cloud application migration strategy to the Snowflake platform, we can help. Email us at: hello@nextphase.ai

What is an application assessment for cloud migration?

An application assessment or cloud readiness assessment is a strategy which looks at various critical components of migrating to the cloud. Your application assessment for cloud migration will look at aspects such as the preparedness of your organization or business, application discovery, as well as assessment of your application(s).

By conducting an application assessment for cloud migration you will be provided with a vision and understanding of the steps that will be needed to successfully adopt cloud for your business application. 

What are the risks of migrating an app to Snowflake?

No technology solution is 100% perfect and the Snowflake date warehousing system is no different in that respect. 

Risks of using Snowflake:

  • Snowflake is supported on a multi-cluster shared data architecture which is accessible on three cloud providers namely, Amazon Web Service, Microsoft Azure, and Google. If any of these cloud servers suffer an outage, then it can impact their support to Snowflake. 
  • Businesses that use on-premise technology which presents easy integration challenges with cloud-based services, might want to take their time when deciding if Snowflake is the right platform for their business. 

What is the cost of migrating to Snowflake?

Snowflake offers a pay-as-you-go pricing structure. What this simply means is that you can pay as much of as little as what you use. So, businesses may end up paying as little as a few hundred dollars a month or even go up to a heftier amount of a few thousand dollars a month. 

Here’s a simple view of the kind of pricing structures that Snowflake offers:

  • If you are a Startup – you can expect to pay $200/month. 
  • If you are a Medium Sized Business – you can expect to pay $800/month. 
  • If you are a Large Corporation or Business Organization – you can expect to pay $2,000/month. 

You can also visit Snowflake’s pricing structure page to know more about what it might cost your business to use the cloud data warehouse platform. 

Do I need a Snowflake consultant to migrate an app?

Hiring a full-time Snowflake data engineer can be expensive. A better option would be to speak with a Snowflake consultant – a specialist who can help you plan your Snowflake implement and get started.  If you are considering Snowflake for your business and need an expert consultant, then we can help you set up your Snowflake data warehouse.

Do you have questions on your Snowflake migration or implementation? Email us at hello@nextphase.ai. We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have and provide a free consultation at your convenience. 

About NextPhase.ai

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