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Likelihood to Recommend

PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL is open source, and then, there are several companies that could give you technical support, like EnterpriseDB or Percona.
PostgreSQL is easy to install and configure and is multi-platform, you could use Windows, Mac, Linux, FreeBSD, and you could use ALL the hardware you have purchased for your project, without sinking hundreds of thousand of dollars in proprietary software, to use only a small part of your server for the database.
Let's see a concrete case: You have a project to make an information system which uses an underlying database. Then you purchase 3 servers, which cost USD 50K for the Production server, USD 25K for the Contingency Server and USD 10K for the Development Server.
If you use a proprietary database, we know what companies, they price their software licenses per every 2 cores if we use the servers physically or every 2 vcpus (threads) if we use virtual machines, and the cost range is between USD 15K and 50K for each 2 cores license. If my production server has a configuration of 24 SSDs of 3,84 TB, 2 TB of ECC RAM, and 2 CPUs AMD EPYC 7702, with 64 cores each (128 cores and 256 vcpus or threads per server), the cost of the proprietary database could be more than USD one million, and if we use a subscription mechanism to get the updates, we could be talking of another million each 3 to 5 years. That is ten times the cost of the hardware. And you can TOUCH the hardware.
Is PostgreSQL slower than the proprietary databases that we talk about? Yes; but for what margin? In in-house tests, the performance of PostgreSQL was from 50% to 75% typically, with several scenarios where PostgreSQL where speedier. But we could use ALL the cores for the DBMS, not just a few.
For us PostgreSQL is the best database in existence. Period. If we use proprietary databases yet it's only for legacy information systems, for contractual restrictions or because our providers haven't seen the light (yet).
Javier Blanque | TrustRadius Reviewer

Snowflake

Snowflake is great when you need to store large amounts of data while retaining the ability to query that data quickly. It is very reliable and allows for auto-scaling on large queries meaning that you're only paying for the power you actually use. It's taken queries that took 20+ minutes to run on redshift down to 2 minutes on Snowflake.
Jake Schlingman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

PostgreSQL

  • As I mentioned before, Postgres has an incredibly flexible and simple-to-use user/role management system. First, there are users--login information so that you can hand out to individual users. Then, there are roles, which specify read and/or write access to all the tables that you can assign to users. Through this system, you can easily control who can read and update which tables, and the system is very well-tested, so there's no concern with users accessing or writing to data that they shouldn't be unless your Postgres admin really messes up!
  • I could write pages on this and would need to reference the Postgres manual itself to do this justice, but Postgres is dang scalable! There are so many ways to scale it. Postgres has undergone active development by some of the brightest engineers for over 30 years now, and the result is that Postgres has so many ways you can scale it besides just upping the SSD and CPU and memory speed. You can scale reads horizontally through multiple slaves that handle all the reads. You can add highly optimized indices to your tables. You can change columns to JSONB types for super fast JSON queries. You can turn on special caches to bulk writes so they don't overwhelm the disk. Between those three options and other tips and tricks experienced Postgres admins have, you can get a lot out of them. There's a reason Yahoo stuck with Postgres for decades up until their main database even past the point of 4 Petabytes and 10k writes/second!
  • Postgres, simply put, has achieved super-wide industry adoption (6% market share), which means it's really easy to integrate it into your stack and hire knowledgeable developers to service Postgres. All the major database libraries of the common web frameworks that I know are out there (e.g. Rails-ActiveRecord, Spring-Hibernate, Play Scala-Slick) have out-of-the-box deep Postgres support, with no extra configuration needed to get your web app to start reading and writing to Postgres. I also know many universities in the US include Postgres in their curriculum too (e.g. UC Berkeley). It's really easy to hire either new grads or experienced software engineers for positions that require Postgres knowledge.
  • If you are comparing Postgres to MySQL and you want to use JSON, know that Postgres has better performance and features on indexing JSON blobs simply because Postgres beat MySQL to the JSON game by several years. I haven't used MySQL's JSON support before, but that's what my co-workers say (and it's true that Postgres definitely started support mySQL years earlier).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Snowflake

  • Impressive data retrieval and data compression ratio.
  • Semi-structured data (JSON, XML) can be loaded as is and retrieved in a tabular structure on the fly using the flatten function.
  • Zero-copy cloning is an excellent feature which saves hours to refresh latest data in development instance.
  • Extensive usages documentation with examples makes development easy.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

PostgreSQL

  • Deployment gets difficult for folks who are habituated with commercial databases.
  • We cannot write our own database engine unlike MySQL.
  • PostgreSQL do not allow us to execute batch of statement. we have to embed it in a function to achieve this.
Venkateswar Reddy Thatikonda | TrustRadius Reviewer

Snowflake

  • Very limited amount of tabs - saved queries, which requires us to store the code somewhere else and re-use existing queries.
  • Performance can really be a problem if there are many users on the system at the same time.
  • SnowFlake support sometimes can be hard to reach.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL 9.0
Based on 1 answer
As a needed software for day to day development activities
Ojoswi Basu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Snowflake

Snowflake 8.0
Based on 1 answer
SnowFlake is very cost effective and we also like the fact we can stop, start and spin up additional processing engines as we need to. We also like the fact that it's easy to connect our SQL IDEs to Snowflake and write our queries in the environment that we are used to
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL 9.0
Based on 6 answers
Postgresql is the best tool out there for relational data so I have to give it a high rating when it comes to analytics, data availability and consistency, so on and so forth. SQL is also a relatively consistent language so when it comes to building new tables and loading data in from the OLTP database, there are enough tools where we can perform ETL on a scalable basis.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Snowflake

Snowflake 8.7
Based on 11 answers
The web front end is OK, but they could improve the product with a front end GUI. We have connected DBEAVER to snowflake with an ODBC driver, but the queries are a lot slower from DBEAVER, compared to the web front end. SSIS also has an ODBC connection, but it is also a slower to pull data from snowflake. Overall the usability is good.
Wicks Justin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL 9.0
Based on 1 answer
PostgreSQL's availability is top notch. Apart from connection time-out for an idle user, the database is super reliable.
Ojoswi Basu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Snowflake

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL 7.0
Based on 1 answer
The data queries are relatively quick for a small to medium sized table. With complex joins, and a wide and deep table however, the performance of the query has room for improvement.
Ojoswi Basu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Snowflake

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL 9.2
Based on 13 answers
Its a really great product that has rich features which are well suited for our needs. It also has a NoSQL option which could be useful in some cases. And most importantly it's free to use which is always great.There's still room for improvement though, for example, the installation and upgrade process could be made easier, online resources could be improved as well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Snowflake

Snowflake 8.5
Based on 10 answers
Overall, the support from Snowflake has been very good. Since we are one of the major users for Snowflake and have a dedicated tech team to solve all the technical problem on our way. On the side of the technical problem, any sql related questions can be found from everywhere online.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

PostgreSQL

The online training is request based. Had there been recorded videos available online for potential users to benefit from, I could have rated it higher. The online documentation however is very helpful. The online documentation PDF is downloadable and allows users to pace their own learning. With examples and code snippets, the documentation is great starting point.
Ojoswi Basu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Snowflake

No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL 9.0
Based on 2 answers
The online documentation of the PostgreSQL product is elaborate and takes users step by step.
Ojoswi Basu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Snowflake

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

PostgreSQL

Compared to MySQL, it works well if you need to extend to your use caseCompared to Spark, it works better w.r.t development time in a central database settingLike Redis, it cannot be used for caching and quick access of non-structured data
Nitin Pasumarthy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Snowflake

The average percentage of time that a data warehouse is actually doing something is around 20%. Given this, the price by query estimate becomes an important pricing consideration. For this, Snowflake crucially decouples of storage and compute. With Snowflake you pay for 1) storage space used and 2) amount of time spent querying data. Snowflake also has a notion of a “logical warehouse” which is the “compute” aspect of the database. These warehouses can be scaled up or down to deliver different grades of performance. You can also configure the number of compute nodes to parallelize query execution. These warehouses can be configured to “pause” when you’re not using them for cost efficiency. As a result, you can have a super beefy warehouse for BI queries that’s only running when people are using your BI tools, while your background batch jobs can use cheaper hardware.
Andrew Goss | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The DB is reliable, scalable, easy to use and resolves most DB needs
Ojoswi Basu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Snowflake

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

PostgreSQL

  • By pushing a lot of logic into database views and triggers, PostgreSQL provides the ability to write much slimmer and more maintainable controller code, reducing development costs.
  • PostgreSQL's upsert capabilities enabled us to go to scale much more easily and quickly, allowing us to increase our number of customers.
David McCann | TrustRadius Reviewer

Snowflake

  • Quick installation/setup for a data warehouse solution.
  • Make easy to handle/manage the various type of semi-structured data using the native solutions and provided new data modeling concepts such as schema-read data model and schema-write data model.
  • Make easy and simplified the workload management using virtual warehouses and materialized views.
Jacob Biguvu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

PostgreSQL

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Snowflake

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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