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Snowflake plays a prominent role in shaping the face of the industry in the ever-evolving world of data analytics and data management. This blog post looks at the development of Snowflake and why it is considered a ground-breaking solution for businesses.

Data management in the days of yore

Companies would rely on traditional databases and data warehouses before the era of data platforms like Snowflake. These architectures had both advantages and limitations. The challenges ranged from limited scalability and resource intensity to restrictions in the processing of big data and different data formats.

The development of the data warehouse

Snowflake: the emergence of a modern data solution

Snowflake is an innovative data management system that overcomes the weaknesses of traditional approaches. Built from the ground up as a cloud-first platform, Snowflake offers a modern, scalable and powerful solution to the challenges of the modern era of big data.

The modern data warehouse

The key elements of Snowflake

  • Multi-cluster, multi-region, multi-cloud: Snowflake enables seamless scaling across multiple clusters, regions and cloud platforms. This flexibility ensures optimum use of resources and redundancy to minimise downtime.

Comparison of conventional architectures and architectures developed for the cloud

  • Independence from the data structure: Snowflake is not limited to a specific data structure in contrast to conventional databases. It can efficiently process both structured and semi-structured data, which is invaluable in a world of increasing data diversity.
  • Zero-copy data sharing: Snowflake enables data to be shared between different accounts without the need to create copies, which not only speeds up data exchange, but also reduces the need for redundant data storage.
  • Simple integration of data sources: Snowflake offers easy integrations with a variety of data sources, from traditional relational databases to modern data flows. These integration options make Snowflake a central platform for comprehensive data analyses.

What is ground-breaking about Snowflake?

  • Scalability für big data: Snowflake enables companies to process large volumes of data easily. This capability is becoming increasingly important as the volume and variety of data increases exponentially.
  • Performance optimisation: Snowflake ensures fast queries and analyses by using cloud resources and an optimised architecture. This enables companies to gain insights and make informed decisions in real time.
  • Cost optimisation: Snowflake uses a pay-as-you-go model in which companies only pay for the resources they actually use. This model enables cost control and efficient utilisation of resources.
  • Simple handling of complex data: the data landscape is becoming increasingly complex with a myriad of data formats and sources. Snowflake offers a standardised platform for processing a wide range of data types.
  • Real-time data analysis: Snowflake offers the ability to process and analyse data quickly and in real time in a world where information is available in real time. This is crucial for companies that need to take quick decisions.

Overview of the types of elastic scaling

Snowflake: not only technologically, but also economically relevant

Warren Buffett bought shares in Snowflake while the company was still getting started as he believes in the future of the company. This shows that the company also seems to be doing something right economically. Being recognised by a financial expert such as Warren Buffett underlines Snowflake’s solid position not only as a technological pioneer, but also as an economically promising investment.

Support for well-known cloud providers and data replication worldwide

Snowflake not only guarantees technological superiority, but also a global footprint as it provides support for all major cloud providers. This versatility is particularly important in a globalised world in which mergers and company relocations influence the demands on geographical performance. Snowflake enables organisations to use local cloud providers for optimal performance, regardless of mergers or geographically distributed locations.

In addition, Snowflake offers advanced data replication mechanisms. These enable companies to replicate their data worldwide to ensure optimum availability and data security. The ability to efficiently replicate data emphasises the importance of Snowflake as a whole and its adaptability to the diverse requirements of global companies.


There is still a great deal of reluctance to use cloud services for data in the DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) region, particularly in the banking sector. Many companies still prefer to have their own data centres and rely on local providers. Data security has now reached a very high level with solutions such as Snowflake; however, this awareness has not yet been sufficiently anchored in the specialist departments of German-speaking companies. The constantly growing volumes of data often require costly measures, such as the purchase of hardware, that can handle the increasing data load over several years without requiring new investments. Solutions such as Snowflake offer a scalable and significantly more cost-effective alternative. This will certainly be an increasingly convincing argument in favour of Snowflake and similar solutions in the future, especially in view of the increasing data load.

Security standards and data encryption at Snowflake

Snowflake integrates leading industry standards setting new standards in data security and encryption. The platform uses the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) with 256-bit keys, a widely used encryption technology at the highest security level. The data are encrypted not only during transmission, but also during storage. Transport Layer Security (TLS) is used for secure communication between the clients and the Snowflake infrastructure.

Snowflake’s ‘always-on’ encryption is particularly noteworthy. This ensures that the data is encrypted at all times when at rest and in transit. The highest security standards are also observed when accessing the data. Snowflake is committed to adhering to the latest best practices in data security and encryption. By consistently implementing these standards, Snowflake has established itself as a reliable and secure data platform that meets the highest standards of modern corporate security.

Industry standard data warehouse security

Conclusion: the future of data analysis with Snowflake

Snowflake has established itself as a pioneer for the future of data management. Its ability to keep pace with the growing demands for data processing and analysis makes it an indispensable platform for companies that want to be successful in a data-driven world. Scalability, performance optimisation and cost control make Snowflake a central component of modern data architectures. Companies are not only able to redesign their data strategy with Snowflake, they are also well-equipped for the challenges of the future.

Feel free to contact me via Teams if you are interested. I will then send you a small PDF file with introductory information about Snowflake.

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Author Siver Rajab

Siver Rajab is a Consultant in the Banking division at adesso. With a background in data integration and many years of experience as a business analyst, Siver supports decision makers in taking the right steps towards success.

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