Summit 2022: Snowflake expands its datastore using cloud apps

Snowflake continues to develop its data storage and analysis ecosystem. During its 2022 Summit, the publisher presented its roadmap, including an update on its global activity and in France, as well as the announcement of Python on Snowpark, a framework linked to its Marketplace as well as Unistore and Cybersecurity workload.

Live from Las Vegas. Cloud data warehouse provider Snowflake is reconnecting with physics events. The last on-site edition began in 2019, before the pandemic. In 2020 and 2021, the firm offered a virtual event to stay in touch with the ecosystem of its customers and partners. Now, he’s therefore doing things big for the occasion and the Snowflake Summit 2022, to be held from June 13 to 16, is supposed to bring together 10,000 people in Las Vegas. To open the ball, Frank Slootman, CEO of Snowflake since April 2019, returned to the company’s growth. With 5,944 customers in its portfolio – including 506 of 2021 companies in Forbes Global 2000 – the provider is doing more than well.

The publisher announced total revenue of 1.2 billion euros in 2022 against 592 million euros in 2021. Affecting an increasingly diverse sector, the company clearly demonstrates its goal: to mobilize all the data in the world. In France, the company is highly confident about its future, considering itself as “as a major supplier of the data economy”. Edouard Beaucourt, France’s country manager at Snowflake, pointed out that the French entity has grown from 30 to one hundred employees a year, a change accompanied by a strong increase in the number of customers in areas such as telecoms, mass distribution, the luxury industry, logistics or even energy and manufacturing. Snowflake also benefited greatly from the needs that arose during the pandemic in some companies and the obligation to make quick decisions. It thus addresses professions that until then have not been digitized and have an urgent need to move forward with their projects. Considering Snowflake’s portfolio of solutions, Edouard Beaucourt considers that the publisher uses up to 80% of the data life cycle and aims at 100% in the coming years.

A loaded roadmap

To showcase the latest solutions and features that will power the Data Cloud ecosystem, Benoit Dageville, co-founder of Snowflake and president responsible for the products spoke. Because of his habit of presenting a roadmap for the next two years, he released a batch of Snowflake innovations aimed at enabling the Data Cloud. The enterprise data unification platform also provides a way to share data with other organizations around the world. First, the ability to provide quick access to data, even in petabyte size so that anyone can “run everything [ses] Snowflake workloads ”. A breakthrough that “has been achieved by our multi-cluster shared data architecture that completely decouples data storage from computing,” he explains. In fact, resources can be up and down in seconds, where power is instantly delivered to each workstation.

He even mentioned Snowgrid – a platform where everyone can easily share and collaborate without ETL – specifying that the latter will be able to connect across all regions and offer the possibility to switch between different clouds. Benoit Dageville also discusses the programmable aspect of the Data Cloud. In this sense, Snowflake announced the expansion of native Python support and launched Snowpark for Python, now available for all customers in public preview, with the goal of making “the ecosystem of open-source packages and Python libraries are accessible to data scientists, data engineers and application developers ”refers to the publisher. The Snowpark development framework, introduced in June 2021 and available to everyone since the end of January, is notably allowing these businesses to create scalable machine learning applications and stream directly to Snowflake using their favorite languages ​​and libraries.Note that a native integration with Streamlit – acquired in March – for rapid development and iteration applications are under development.

Framework and workload in the menu

Snowflake announced the launch of the Native Application Framework focused on the creation, monetization and deployment of applications in its datastore. Currently in private preview, this framework is aimed at developers who want to make applications and monetize them in the Snowflake Marketplace. “Users will be able to securely install and run these applications directly on their Snowflake instances, reducing the need to transfer data.” This framework will use features such as Streamlit integration for building interactive client interfaces and telemetry, event management and alerts for monitoring and troubleshooting are also being done. With this tool, the publisher wants “data cloud developers to be able to focus on functionalities and not on operational load.”

The agenda also includes the launch of Unistore and Cybersecurity services. Unistore offers the workload to integrate transactional and analytical data into the datastore. As part of this workflow, Snowflake introduced Hybrid Tables, which provide fast single-row operation and give organizations an additional way to conduct rapid analysis of transaction data. “In the same way that we redefine data lakes and data warehouses for our customers, Unistore is delivering a renaissance for developing and deploying a new generation of data cloud applications,” said Christian Kleinerman, vice -Senior President of Snowflake Products. As for the Cybersecurity workload, it should offer cybersecurity teams more visibility and automation at the cloud scale. “Customers are able to efficiently store years of big data, search using on-demand scalable computing resources, and gain insights using general languages ​​such as SQL and Python, which are currently in private preview , ”Snowflake said. Cybersecurity workload supports a wide spectrum of use cases, including security compliance, cloud security, identity and access, vulnerability management, and more.

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