The Brightwork Comparison and Scoring of Snowflake

Last Updated on October 10, 2020 by Shaun Snapp

Executive Summary

  • This is our data warehouse rating for Snowflake across the most important criteria for data warehouse usage.

The Rankings

Our rankings allow comparisons across the various data warehouse. The scores in each category are from one to five, with the higher the value, the better that data warehouse is rated in that area.

The Scores Per Criteria

The Brightwork Database and Data Warehouse Scoring Criteria

Brightwork's scoring of databases and data warehouses.
CriteriaCriteria Definition
1. Database TypeDoes the database fall into the category of a relational, document, column, graph, etc..
2. Core MarketThis is where the database tends to be used with the highest frequency.
3. Memory Optimized or All In-MemoryDetermines whether the entire database is run as loaded into memory.
4. Price ScorePrices vary greatly for databases, a major reason being the comparison of open source and commercial databases.
5. Maintenance Overhead ScoreOne of the least discussed features of a relational database. Maintenance overhead is determined by factors ranging from the SQL used by the database, to the ease or difficulty of configuration to the documentation that supports the database.
6. Licensing / Audit Liability ScoreDatabases are often purchased without considering the long term licensing and audit liabilities. And even among commercial vendors (there is no auditing for open source), there is a large variance in audit likelihood per vendor, as well as the potential payouts.
7. Usability (i.e Loved/Hated Score)This score is taken from Stack OverFlow's "most loved and most hated" which is their poll of developers preferences with respect to databases. In the case of HANA, it is not rated by Stack OverFlow, because it is little used, so we inserted our own value based upon feedback from the field on HANA.
8. Functionality ScoreThis is what the database is capable of doing. This is not a scoring of how easy or difficult it is to bring up functionality within the database.
9. Managed Service / No DBA to Install, Patch or UpgradeIs the database offered as part of a managed service like that offered by AWS.
10. Autopartitioning / AutoscalesThe ability to automatically adjust to scale.
11. Pay Per Section / Per HourA function of the availability of the database on cloud service providers that off this capability.
12. Pay Per Storage Used / Not Per ProcessorThis is a function of how the database is priced. Oracle, for instance, is priced per processor.

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All of the database rankings are co-authored by Ahmed Azmi.