Snowflake adds Microsoft Azure to its data warehouse collection

Snowflake Computing’s data warehouse as a service today opens for business to all Microsoft Azure customers, bringing the cloud platform into line with AWS.  The news should come as little surprise as Snowflake had already announced its intentions with a spoiler alert in July.

Snowflake provides a full-scale data warehouse in the cloud and has been growing like crazy. Its Azurean software integrates with Azure Blob Storage, Azure Data Lake Store and PowerBI.

The software uses Azure infrastructure services for storage and query processing, and employs limitless storage accounts, accelerated networking and storage soft delete.

Snowflake Azure data loading

Snowflake Azure is available in the Azure East-US-2 region, with more regions to be added in the months and years ahead.

A canned quote from Snowflake CEO Bob Muglia said: “Microsoft customers and multi-vendor cloud users prompted us to offer Snowflake on Azure.”

One Snowflake-on-Azure customer is Nielsen, a measurement and data analytics company with a cloud-native platform, which operates on large volumes of global, point-of-sale data to produce analytics for FMCG and retail companies.

There’s a blog about how to get started with Snowflake on Azure here