Using Snowflake – Hands On

Now let’s start the process of creating a snowflake account in the Azure Cloud. You can sign up for a free trial from here – https://signup.snowflake.com/ I am going to bypass this and go straight to the setup screens. (This is slightly different because as an org-admin I have the power to create accounts)

Select the cloud provider and edition you require; we have already discussed these options before. You know me, its going to be Azure but feel free to dive into AWS or GCP.

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Snowflake Data Cloud

Time to shift gears away from the world of relational databases whether that is in the cloud, on-prem, Linux-based, containers or even sitting within Kubernetes. Everyone has heard of Synapse. They face stiff competition from the likes of Snowflake. Snowflake does not really have this concept of Control and compute nodes like within the Microsoft world to build out this MPP based architecture.

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Snowflake in Azure

Being aligned to a global cloud like Microsoft Azure you have choices. Whether that is Azure SQL Database or Azure Database for MySQL for your relational database, it does not matter that is down to you are your design choices. The point here is that Azure has variations and flexibility with so many choices and this is no different within the “Big Data” analytics space.

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