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Teradata vs. Snowflake: A Comparison

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July 10, 2019

For years, Teradata has provided a number of quality database solutions to enterprises. The company has various offerings including cloud options, however its core product was not built for the cloud. Since its release in 1979, data warehouse technology has evolved tremendously. For businesses that are still looking for the best solution out there, allow us to introduce you to the benefits of Snowflake, the data warehouse solution that was built for the cloud.

Snowflake’s data warehouse enables the data-driven enterprise with instant elasticity, secure data sharing, and per-second pricing across multiple clouds. Snowflake combines the power of data warehousing, the flexibility of big data platforms, and the elasticity of the cloud. In 2018, the company made the Forbes’ Cloud 100 List as one of the fastest growing cloud solutions in any domain. Let’s take a closer look at some of the features that set Snowflake apart!

Teradata and Snowflake Comparison, concurrency, elasticity, availability, security

Enter: Snowflake

At Fairway, we are generally technology agnostic. We find the solution that best fits your business’s needs. As far as data warehouses go though, we have not found a better solution than Snowflake, which is why we have partnered with the company to bring you best-in-breed data warehouse solutions. Snowflake has a myriad of features that set it apart from other databases. In contrast to Teradata, Snowflake can scale to unlimited user concurrency. We have seen this in action on past projects where we have seen the performance of many queries improve by 100 times. The reason for this dramatic increase is that Snowflake has separation of compute from compute and compute from storage.

Snowflake is also scalable in terms of cost. Instead of paying a fixed rate for the service, Snowflake’s compute resources are elastic. That means you only pay for what you use. Snowflake also features high availability—that means no downtime for your organization. The database leverages Amazon or Azure regions for true high availability across the cloud. As far as other features, Snowflake handles JSON support better than Teradata. And, Teradata does not include Snowflake’s Zero-copy Clone, a feature that makes it easy to test and QA your database without physically copying your data. 

Last but not least, Snowflake has comprehensive security measures built into it. It is PCI, SOC 2, and HIPAA compliant. It also has multi-factor authentication and role-based granular access control.


If you are thinking about migrating from Teradata to Snowflake or are already in the process of doing so, make sure to download the Teradata to Snowflake Migration Checklist! Fairway is partnered with Snowflake and has years of experience supporting data migrations as well as Snowflake DB implementations. Also, if there are any Oracle users out there, make sure to check out this article on migrating from Oracle to Snowflake. 

For any questions about migrating between Teradata and other data warehouses to Snowflake, contact us for a complimentary Data Assessment