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Likelihood to Recommend

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

Vertica

Vertica as a data warehouse to deliver analytics in-house and even to your client base on scale is not rivaled anywhere in the market. Frankly, in my experience it is not even close to equaled. Because it is such a powerful data warehouse, some people attempt to use it as a transactional database. It certainly is not one of those. Individual row inserts are slow and do not perform well. Deletes are a whole other story. RDBMS it is definitely not. OLAP it rocks.
Eva Donaldson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

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

Vertica

  • Extremely fast query performance - Vertica is one of the fastest query engines out there.
  • Scales to TBs - Scales reasonably well up to 10-20 nodes and 10 - 100s of TB of data.
  • Easy to Use - Fairly easy to user, we made quite some headway with just 1 person running it for a while.
Praveen Murugesan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

Vertica

  • Could use some work on better integrating with cloud providers and open source technologies. For AWS you will find an AMI in the marketplace and recently a connector for loading data from S3 directly was created. With last release, integration with Kafka was added that can help.
  • Managing large workloads (concurrent queries) is a bit challenging.
  • Having a way to provide an estimate on the duration for currently executing queries / etc. can be helpful. Vertica provides some counters for the query execution engine that are helpful but some may find confusing.
  • Unloading data over JDBC is very slow. We've had to come up with alternatives based on vsql, etc. Not a very clean, official on how to unload data.
Traian Antonescu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

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

Vertica

No score
No answers yet
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Usability

Snowflake

Snowflake 8.8
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

Vertica

No score
No answers yet
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Support

Snowflake

Snowflake 7.7
Based on 3 answers
Overall great group of people and they are very insightful. They try to understand what the overall problem is rather than just focusing on the exact issue, which helps put a lot of things into perspective. The turnaround time is very good. I never found myself waiting for more than a couple of days, which is reasonable.
Duncan Hernandez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vertica

Vertica 7.0
Based on 1 answer
HP/Micro Focus Vertica support is in par with other bigger vendors. In addition to this, there is enough best practices documentation available for some of the most common ways you will use Vertica that makes it easy to get Vertica up and running.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

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

Vertica

Presto would be a good solution that would be less expensive and would also allow direct querying of all our data on Hadoop while maintaining good speed.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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

Vertica

  • For our internal business we have insights we could never have had without Vertica. We can actually see where our money is coming from and point our marketing and sales strategies in the correct direction thereby returning far more than we pay.
  • For our customers we can offer services they had been begging for. Before implementing Vertica we had no insight on a client's marketing across all their activities because the data was just too large. Now, there is no question we can't answer.
Eva Donaldson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Snowflake

General

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

Vertica

General

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

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