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Rapid data querying is a cornerstone of modern business success. But for some businesses, it still takes days or weeks to load data into core analytics tools, such as Snowflake Data Warehouse.
Fortunately, there’s a faster and easier way to load your data into Snowflake. Let’s run through a few different options, outline each process, and discuss which approach is best for your organization.
With near-infinite storage and scalability, outsourced operational management, and a pay-per-use pricing structure, cloud warehouses are the perfect home for large-scale datasets.CloverDX + Snowflake
On top of this, Snowflake offers many distinct advantages for time-constrained businesses, including:
Of course, failing to properly load your data into Snowflake Data Warehouse makes it more difficult to realize these benefits.
The first step you’ll need to negotiate is connecting your Snowflake databases to your chosen data source. This could be one of the file formats mentioned above or any another application, such as MongoDB, SalesForce, relational database etc.
In any case, Snowflake provides several possible connections:
However, there are often several limitations to these approaches which become more frustrating with larger, more complex datasets (e.g. incorrect fields, limited volume, slow loading speeds, and corrupted files).
So, what’s the alternative?
If you’re struggling to get the results you need using the native options, you can connect directly to Snowflake’s API with an automated data integration tool like CloverDX.
Clover’s bulk load option, which you can execute via subgraph-based connectors, offers high performance Snowflake data loads by exporting the data in stages. The data is loaded in parallel, through multiple threads, meaning you can load large datasets much quicker. Ultimately, this cuts out the days or weeks you could have been wasting loading data to Snowflake previously.
Snowflake offers several different ways to load your data with its distinct performance characteristic and limitations. In this guide, we’ll talk you through a few of these. (Note: please consult Snowflake documentation for more details about various other ways of loading the data.)
This guide assumes you have already set up and configured your Snowflake databases. So, if this isn’t the case, check out Snowflake’s internal guidelines for understanding table structures.
Typically, when loading large volumes of data, a bulk load is performed. This is relatively simple process, but it has many options depending on the format of your data and on the infrastructure. In general, it looks like this:
Everything working as expected? Congratulations, your data is now ready to use in Snowflake Data Warehouse.
While this process is simple in theory, you’ll still need to write and execute the right code to avoid loading errors. While this might not cause an issue for a smaller volume of datasets, when you have a thousand plus tables, it becomes impossible to manually mitigate these problems.
When loading large sets of data, CloverDX offers a wide range of tools that help you manage the volume of your data as well as the complexity of the task – from tools that allow you to validate and cleanse your data, to easy-to-use reusable components that implement the bulk loading process described above.
Using CloverDX, you can implement a complete end to end process that will manage your data integration or data migration process without requiring you to code or manually manage large data volumes. This takes away smaller problems or errors that may occur in loading data on a repetitive, daily process.
In today’s business landscape, your organization can no longer wait weeks to analyze critical data.
That’s where automation steps in. With CloverDX, you can load your data into Snowflake faster than ever before, helping to eliminate bottlenecks and speed up your data processing and innovation.
To use your own sample code and find out more about the power of automated data migration, visit our Snowflake integration page.