Snowflake brings its popular data warehouse service to Google Cloud
Big-data company Snowflake Computing Inc. today made its cloud-based data warehouse software available on Google LLC’s cloud platform, which means its customers can now choose among all three of the major U.S. cloud infrastructure providers.
Founded in 2012, Snowflake offers a data warehouse and analytics service hosted in the cloud, which organizations can use to store all their data in one location for easier access. Snowflake’s cloud data warehouse uses the SQL programming language to sift and sort through customer’s data.
Those customers can throw in as much data as they want, and have as many employees working with it as they desire, paying for the service as they go. Snowflake can work with both structured data and unstructured data.
In recent years, the company has emerged as the poster child for the data warehouse-as-a-service niche, driven in part by the enormous funding its received from its venture capital backers. Its most recent funding round in January saw it pick up a cool $450 million, valuing the company at more than $3.5 billion.
So the time is clearly right for Snowflake to expand its offering, which was already available on Amazon Web Services Inc.’s and Microsoft Corp.’s public cloud platforms.
Snowflake said at its Snowflake Summit user conference today that Snowflake on Google Cloud will launch in preview this fall, with general availability expected in early 2020.
In a blog post, Kevin Ichhpurani, Google’s corporate vice president of global ecosystem, said the company’s enterprise customers need a way to store and analyze diverse data sets quickly and easily.
“Customers can now use Snowflake alongside Google Cloud’s comprehensive set of advanced analytics and machine learning solutions to derive meaningful insights from various data sources,” he said.
One of the first companies to take advantage of the offering is McKesson Corp., a healthcare supply chain management and technology firm that’s looking to develop next-generation applications, artificial intelligence technologies, and enhanced analytics.
“With Snowflake on Google Cloud, we have a technology solution to build a scalable, highly-resilient cloud environment with the agility that the business demands while delivering valuable insights to help our business and our customers,” said Brian Dummann, chief data and analytics officer at McKesson.
The announcement comes as Snowflake embarks on a new chapter in its story, having recently replaced its longtime Chief Executive Bob Muglia with Frank Slootman, who was formerly the CEO of ServiceNow Inc.
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