Pure offers on-premises object storage as a Snowflake data source

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Pure Storage announced a partnership with Snowflake that will allow customers to integrate the cloud data warehouse platform with their storage provider’s on-premises fast object storage.

“What we hear from customers is that they want access to the power of Snowflake while keeping data on disk, on-premises, for compliance, security or performance reasons,” said Robert Leechief technology officer at Pure Storage.

Snowflake provides cloud-based data warehouse functionality, where customers can point the platform to cloud-resident data stores, but now also integrate it with on-premises Pure Storage arrays.

The snowflake provides SQLquerying based on multiple data sources – including those not necessarily in SQL databases – to enable analysis operations to be performed.

As part of the Pure and Snowflake partnership, customers will be able to run directly from local data without having to upload it to the cloud. The benefits of this, according to Lee, include faster time to market and value, as well as the ability to use the data in different applications without the need for a second copy, thus simplifying workflows. of work.

Lee said Snowflake brings uniqueness as a cloud-based service and an architecture that enables independent scaling of compute and storage.

“We are partnering with a market leader that uses SQL as a mechanism to access much larger datasets, such as logs and IoT. [internet of things] data, and can derive a structure from it.

The move follows a similar announcement made earlier in May from Dell EMC Announces Partnership this would see Snowflake integrate with its on-premises object storage.

Although Snowflake works with public cloud storage such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), there are no plans to integrate it with Pure’s Cloud Block Store offering, largely because the focus is on object storage, Lee said.

“This is an object storage focused integration – that’s how most customers collect this type of data – so much more FlashBlade object storage focused,” he said. .

“Cloud Block Store focuses more on block storage for traditional applications, and Portworx focuses on providing native container storage, which are two key components of our public cloud portfolio.

“Where we see more applicability for this integration is in the hybrid cloud portfolio and customers connecting cloud applications to on-premises storage, which is where FlashBlade stands out,” Lee added.

FlashBlade is Pure Storage’s fast file and object family, which unifies file access and object storage in a single array to provide fast access to high-capacity storage. It is intended for what were traditionally secondary storage use cases – backup, archiving, analytics datastores – but have evolved to require fast I/O for analysis, retrieval, etc.

Snowflake’s competitors include Databricks and AWS Redshift in the cloud, and Vertica on-premises.

The fruits of the Pure-Snowflake partnership will be in public preview by the second half of 2022.

“Our joint solution with Snowflake reaffirms our commitment to simplifying how organizations interact with data to extract the most value and drive meaningful business results,” said Lee.

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