Under the new initiative, companies that use Pure Storage’s arrays to store sensitive, on-premises data within their own corporate data centers will soon be able to connect those assets to the Snowflake Data Cloud.
It’s a partnership that promises some interesting benefits for companies. Snowflake Data Cloud is a cloud-native data warehouse that enterprises can use to share data securely across their entire organization. They can unify datasets from various different cloud services and software applications and make them accessible to any user. The advantage is that this combined data can be used for analytics, data science, application development and more.
Snowflake Data Cloud provides other advantages too, as any information stored within it can be augmented with third-party data from providers such as FactSet Research Systems Inc., Safegraph Inc., Zillow Inc. and Weather Source LLC.
The implication is that the cloud is far better suited for many kinds of data analysis, explaining why Pure Storage is looking to partner with Snowflake. Pure is a leading provider of high-performance, all-flash storage arrays used by organizations to host critical data that must be constantly analyzed. However, it understands that its customers may need to analyze this information at greater scale.
Once today’s partnership comes to fruition, Snowflake customers will be able to add data from Pure Storage’s FlashBlade object storage to the Snowflake Data Cloud, where it can be analyzed while still adhering to regulatory rules that require sensitive information to be stored locally.
The partnership is very similar to the deal between Snowflake and Dell Technologies Inc. that was announced last week at Dell Technologies World. That initiative was billed as a first of its kind for the industry, but if Dell is indeed the first to get to market, it won’t be the last.
Wikibon analyst Dave Vellante said he believes Snowflake will make many more deals of this type in order to get its teeth into the vast amount of data that lives on on-premises servers. In an analysis on SiliconANGLE, he explained that cloud-native independent service providers such as Snowflake are realizing that, despite their cloud-only dogma, they have to grit their teeth and deal with on-premises data or risk being shut out of evolving data architectures.
“Software companies want to partner will leading hardware platforms and vice versa,” Vellante said. “Hybrid dynamics are forming.”
Snowflake said partnering with Pure Storage will give enterprises better control over their data and accelerated time to outcomes, eliminating the time and resources they spend on migrating data to the cloud beforehand so it can be analyzed there. Other benefits include reduced cloud costs, Snowflake said, as companies will be able to analyze data directly on FlashBlade object storage, thus removing the need to create separate copies of that data anywhere else. Furthermore, Snowflake said, it will make it easier for Pure Storage’s customers to share data.
Pure Storage Chief Technology Officer Rob Lee said his company is working with Snowflake to build a modern platform for hybrid cloud data analytics. “We’re excited to continue delivering on our vision of simplifying how organizations interact with and extract the most value out of their data,” he added.
Pure Storage said its first joint offering with Snowflake will be available in public preview in the second half of the year, a similar time frame to that offered by Dell.