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As part of the partnership, the Compute Engine Snowflake Data Cloud to the file and object storage system FlashBlade ported from Pure Storage. The combination of Pure hardware and Snowflake software is intended to enable customers to process their various data sources locally. One advantage, according to Pure CTO Rob Lee, is that users can perform an almost unlimited number of analyzes on the same database.

Lee also emphasizes that customers can move data with manageable complexity and little time to the private or public cloud. For cost reasons, a good check makes sense, as hyperscalers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft calculate not only the volume of data used, but also the data volumes that are shifted back and forth between the different services. In a large data warehouse, this can quickly add up.

With an on-premises approach, businesses could also eliminate the cost and hassle of syncing and updating multiple disparate data sets. Also, the attack surface is reduced if data no longer has to be moved back and forth between your own data center and that of the cloud service provider. Maintaining two data warehouses with the same data – on-premises and in the cloud – can become a real problem when it comes to keeping all data synchronized and secure.

Lee also cites legal certainty as another key argument: “There are certainly good regulatory and compliance reasons for an on-premises approach,” said the Pure CTO. A local data cloud is ideal for many customers “for reasons of security, regulation and data sovereignty”.

The Pure Snowflake integration is in preview phase. Snowflake wants the issue on his own in June User Conference in Las Vegas to present in more detail. According to Lee, the solution should be generally available in the second half of the year.