Snowflake Uses Python to Support Teradata, Google BigQuery, and Amazon Redshift


Cloud-based data warehouse company Snowflake At its annual Snowflake Summit on Tuesday, it showcased a new set of tools and integrations to take on rival analytics and database companies such as Teradata, and services such as Google BigQuery and Amazon Redshift.

The new features, which involve data access tools and support for Python on the company’s Snowpark application development system, are aimed at data scientists, data engineers, and developers, with the aim of accelerating application development, especially for machine learning programs.

Snowpark, launched a year ago, is a dataframe-like development environment designed to allow developers to evaluate their favorite serverless tools on Snowflake’s virtual warehouse compute engine. Python support is in public preview.

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“Python is probably the most requested feature we hear from our customers,” said Christian Kleinerman, senior vice president of product at Snowflake.

The demand for Python makes sense, as it’s a language of choice for data science, analysts say.

Snowflake is catching up on this front as rivals such as Teradata, Google BigQuery and Vertica already have Python support,” said Doug Henschen, principal analyst at Constellation Research.

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