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Snowflake, SnowMirror and ServiceNow

02/19/2020

The Snowflake cloud data platform has enjoyed tremendous growth in recent months, and it’s pretty clear why. Snowflake provides a flexible cloud solution that enables companies to pursue a multi-cloud strategy, including a cross-cloud approach to mix and match clouds as users see fit. Snowflake is available globally on AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform. Since October 2019, SnowMirror has also supported Snowflake as a database, in addition to its support for database platforms such as MySQL, MariaDB, Oracle, Microsoft SQL and PostgreSQL. 

With a common and interchangeable code base, Snowflake delivers advantages such as global data replication, which means you can move your data to any cloud in any region, without having to re-code your applications or learn new skills. A multi-cloud strategy lets companies negotiate rates with cloud providers and maintain cost management through choice and flexibility.

A multi-cloud strategy has other advantages, including letting different business units use the public cloud that best matches their needs and promotes productivity. Companies can also make use of regional footprints to leverage the best cloud provider by region based on presence, capacity, and services for local teams. In addition, using multiple clouds serves as protection against a single cloud provider’s multi-region outage, ensuring uptime and SLA adherence.

SnowMirror supports Snowflake

Because SnowMirror supports Snowflake as a database, companies can now make a replica of their ServiceNow or Salesforce data and have it available for use in multiple regions and clouds; this enables the use of data for business intelligence and reporting as well as having a replica for disaster recovery purposes. With SnowMirror, you can simply replicate ServiceNow data to Snowflake directly without an intermediate staging area. This will ensure that your ServiceNow data is always loaded and updated correctly and that you can automate these processes to focus on getting the best insights. 

Another interesting aspect of using Snowflake is that it helps to prevent data silos, which are created as soon as data exists in a public cloud. Because each major cloud provider created a unique offering with proprietary APIs for data management, there’s no easy way to copy or share data from cloud to cloud. Making matters worse, it’s hard to find DevOps employees who have the skillset to work in multiple clouds, which often leads to separate cloud teams within an organization (yet another silo).

Snowflake bridges this by providing a cloud-agnostic layer and unified data management platform, which sits on top of each cloud region and all cloud infrastructure regardless of which cloud platforms are used. By providing identical functionality across all cloud platforms, the data management platform enables a cost-effective and seamless method to securely share data.

Data must move anywhere easily, which requires a high-throughput communication “mesh” that enables complete data portability.

SnowMirror plays a crucial role in a company’s cloud data replication strategy. By providing a wide spectrum of supported databases and cloud providers - including Snowflake - we give companies both flexibility and increased security

If you’d like to to talk with us about how SnowMirror can help your business get the most out of ServiceNow, get in touch here.

 

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