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A Quick Guide: DataBricks vs. Snowflake

DataBricks and Snowflake are two of the big players in the world of data analytics and Cloud Computing. Both platforms cater to the growing demand for scalable, Cloud-native Business Intelligence (BI) capabilities for big data.

In this reference guide, we’ll delve into the differences between DataBricks and Snowflake, highlighting their respective strengths, and how Astrato allows users to amplify the benefits of each product.


DataBricks is a collaborative and Cloud-based analytics platform that enables data engineering, data science, and Machine Learning (ML) workflows in a unified environment. Designed to work with Apache Spark, DataBricks streamlines data processing and analysis, making it a go-to choice for data teams and data scientists. Key advantages of DataBricks include:

Unified Platform

DataBricks offers an integrated environment where data engineers and data scientists can collaborate seamlessly. The Delta Share feature, in Databricks’ Unity Catalog, facilitates secure data sharing independent of conventional connectivity methods. This promotes faster development cycles and better communication between team members.

Apache Spark Integration

DataBricks’ integration with Apache Spark allows it to read and process data directly from data lake storage, making it a powerful tool for transforming and analyzing raw data. As a Spark-based platform, DataBricks also leverages the power of distributed computing, enabling efficient processing of large-scale datasets. This results in accelerated analytics and faster decision-making processes.


With cloud-native architecture, DataBricks can automatically scale resources up or down based on demand. This elasticity ensures cost-effectiveness and optimal performance during peak workloads.

Machine Learning Capabilities

DataBricks provides native support for building and deploying ML models. Its MLflow component aids in the management of the entire ML lifecycle, from experimentation to production deployment. Additionally, Databricks allows users to build ML models using data from stored in a data lake. It provides tools to develop, train, and deploy such models, making it easier to derive insights and predictions from the stored data.


Snowflake is a popular data warehouse platform that excels in handling large volumes of structured and semi-structured data. Renowned for its simplicity and performance, Snowflake has gained significant traction in the BI space. Notable advantages of Snowflake include:

Separation of Compute and Storage

One of Snowflake’s unique strengths is its ability to separate compute and storage layers. This architecture allows for independent scaling, resulting in better cost control and enhanced performance.

Zero-Copy Cloning

Snowflake’s data cloning capabilities enable the creation of multiple development or testing environments without duplicating data. This saves time and storage costs.

Data Sharing

Snowflake simplifies data sharing between organizations, partners, and customers through secure and controlled access. This facilitates collaborative data-driven decision-making across multiple entities. By designing a data lake in the Snowflake data Cloud, users can combine structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data, scaling to near infinite volumes on demand.

Near-Zero Maintenance

As a fully managed service, Snowflake handles infrastructure and maintenance tasks, allowing data teams to focus on analytics and insights without the burden of managing complex infrastructure.

Snowflake Tech Partner: Astrato

Astrato is a Cloud-native BI platform that can integrate seamlessly with data in both DataBricks and Snowflake, leveraging their individual strengths to provide a unified and enhanced analytics experience.

One of the most valuable aspects of Astrato is its seamless integration with DataBricks and Snowflake, offering an intuitive interface that can maximize the potential of either platform. By unifying data processing and analytics, Astrato simplifies workflows and ensures data consistency.

Similarly, powerful data science insights are made accessible to business users. Equally valuable is how Astrato facilitates collaboration among data teams by providing a centralized hub for data exploration. Teams can then generate interactive data apps, providing dynamic business insights based on real-time data.


DataBricks and Snowflake are both industry-leading platforms, each with unique strengths. Astrato seamlessly integrates with Databricks and Snowflake, enhancing analytics with an intuitive interface, streamlined workflows, and collaborative data exploration.

By leveraging the strengths of both platforms, Astrato empowers organizations to make data-driven decision-making easier and more accessible. Learn more about how Astrato can get the most of the data in your data warehouse – whether its DataBricks, Snowflake, or one of Astrato’s other data connections – by booking a demo here!