Google Cloud coming to warehouse-as-a-service Snowflake

06 June 2019 | Laurence Doe

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Snowflake, which describes itself as ‘the data warehouse built for the cloud’, is going to expand its product offering by integrating with Google Cloud’s platform.

The data warehouse-as-a-service, which provides integration throughout organisations and across platforms, will preview its new crossover with Google Cloud later this year with general availability scheduled for early 2020.

"Enterprises are undergoing digital transformations, and increasingly their data is informing these shifts," said Thomas Kurian (pictured), CEO at Google Cloud.

"We're delighted to offer Snowflake's cloud-native data warehousing solution on Google Cloud's world-class, global infrastructure.

“Enterprises will soon be able to use Snowflake alongside Google Cloud's comprehensive set of advanced analytics and machine learning solutions."

Pharmaceutical and medical technology firm McKesson Corporation has confirmed that it will use Snowflake on Google Cloud to power the development of enhanced analytics, next-generation applications, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.

"We're excited to collaborate with Snowflake and Google Cloud as McKesson moves to a cloud-first approach that will help us leverage data to problem solve for the future of healthcare," said Brian Dummann, chief data and analytics officer, McKesson.

"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."

Snowflake’s SQL data warehouse is designed with a patented new architecture that provides support for both structured data, such as CSV files and tables, and semi-structured data, including JSON, Avro and Parquet, within a single system.

"As more organizations adopt a multi-cloud strategy, it's become important for businesses to have a unified data source,” said Snowflake CEO, Frank Slootman. “We're excited to work with Google Cloud to provide the flexibility, performance, and unlimited concurrency that customers require to power their businesses ahead of the competition."

Google recently shared its plans to invest close to €600 million in a new data centre in Hamina, Finland.