What is Snowflake?
Snowflake is a powerful relational database management system. It’s an analytical data warehouse for both structured and semi-structured data that follows the SaaS model. It is fast, user friendly and offers more flexibility than a traditional Warehouse. It uses an SQL database engine with unique architecture specially designed for clouds.
What is Azure Synapse?
Azure Synapse is an analytics service that helps you bring together Big Data analytics and enterprise data warehousing. It gives the freedom to query data on your own terms, using either provisioned resources or server less on-demand. You can ingest, prepare, serve and manage data for machine learning, and immediate BI needs.
Comparision between Snowflake and Azure Synapse
|Pricing||With the number and size of the warehouse, you will get cost per credit.||No upfront costs, No termination fees. Pay only for what you use.|
|Scalability||Pause, resume both manual and automated based on workload.||Easy to scale up or down. Automate scalability.|
|Performance||High performance.||Averaging the fastest execution time at 2,996 seconds for the entire workload of 103 field test queries.|
|Security||Use Always-on-Encryption.||Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) helps protect against the threat of malicious activity by encrypting and encrypting your data at rest.|
|Architecture||Keeps compute, storage, and cloud services separate to optimize.||Synapse SQL leverages a scale-out architecture in order to distribute computational processing of data across multiple nodes.|
|Administration||It is server less. Compute and stored are resources handled automatically.||Database administrators can automate query optimization.|
|Data Integration||ETL/ELT concept in data Integration.||Deeply integrated Apache spark and SQL engine.|
|Data Compression||Gzip compression efficiency.||Support page and row compression for row tables and indexes and support column store and column store archival compression for couumnstore table and indexes.|
|Data Quality||With tools like Talend, provides data management with real-time speed.||Better analytics at scale.|
|Built-In-Data Analytics||A single platform that works on the cloud.||Limitless analytics service that brings together enterprise data warehousing and big data analytics. It gives you the freedom to query data on terms.|
|In Database Machine Learning||Leverage automation to simplify and accelerate ETL and EDW.||Build a predictive machine learning model based on data stored in Azure Synapse. Data acquisition and understanding.|
|Data Lake Analytics||Global snowflake turns data lake into data ocean.||Single service for all workloads when processing, managing and serving data for immediate business intelligence and data predication needs.|
|AI/ML Integration||Driverless AI automated machine learning inflows.||Complete your end to end analytics solution with deep integration of Azure Machine Learning and Power BI.|
|BI Tool Integration||Built-for cloud warehouse deliver efficient BI solution.||Integrated AI/BI.|
|Data Lake Integration||It is a modern data lake.||Files are read in Data Lake in Parquet format, which achieves a much higher performance improving Polybase execution over 13x.|
|Cloud||With its cloud data platform, live data can be shared.||Cloud-native, distributed SQL processing engine.|
|Scalability||Highly scalable.||Unlimited scalability.|
|Sharing||Hybrid cloud data warehouse share reports and perform task.||Provides full visibility in your data sharing relationships. Share and receive data in any format to or from Azure Synapse Analytics.|
|Data Security||Role-Based control authorization.||Secure, Monitor and Manage your data and analytics solution with a wide range of industry-leading security and compliance features.|
|Data Governance||Data governance experts like Talend provides perfect data governance.||Offers cloud governance capabilities to keep your company compliant with regulations and help your developers deliver software faster.|
|Data Storage||Uses a new SQL database.||Secure, monitor, and manage your data and analytics solutions with a wide range of industry-leading security and compliance features.|
|Backup and Recovery||Does with virtual warehouse and querying from clone.||Automatically backed up.|