How Snowflake Lowers Data Platform Total Cost of Ownership

Over the last year, there’s been a lot of buzz around the cost of cloud platforms.

The original vision is that moving to the cloud was cheaper than being on-premises and that cloud storage was cheap.

Fast forward to today, and now everyone is talking about how cloud platforms are getting more expensive and how costs are out of control.

Failing to Account for Total Cost of Ownership

The challenge with this focus on cost is that it doesn’t take into account the entire picture of the total cost of ownership.

Let’s talk about the Total Cost of Ownership. Common cost considerations for a data platform are:

  1. Cost of data storage
  2. Cost of consumption (analytics queries, data transformation)
  3. People who manage the environment

While we could debate all day about the storage and consumption considerations, the biggest piece that people often overlook when it comes to cost savings is the third consideration: not needing a dedicated person or team to manage your data environment.

When using Snowflake as your cloud data platform, not only do you get a state-of-the-art cloud data platform, you also reduce the time and effort it takes to manage your data environment.

You could be using Snowflake for your data lake, lake house, or data warehouse with small or large volumes of data and the maintenance level is still just as easy to manage, regardless of the scale.

No Database Administrator? No Problem.

The average salary of a Database Administrator (DBA) in the United States is $113,000 according to GlassDoor. Now imagine the cost of having multiple DBAs responsible for managing your data environment.

With Snowflake, you don’t need a Database Administrator since it handles adding more performance resources, intelligently optimizes how data is stored, and has an easy-to-use interface for handling setup and security.

By using Snowflake, you don’t have to worry about the infrastructure issues that occur with both on-premise databases and other cloud data platforms. You can eliminate DBAs or repurpose their skills to focus on business value-add projects instead of just managing infrastructure.

Interested in lowering your cloud data platform costs? Schedule a call with Stratos today to learn more about our data strategy and technology assessment.