Firebolt vs Snowflake Analytics comparison

 

Comparison Buyer's Guide

Executive Summary
 

Categories and Ranking

Firebolt
Ranking in Cloud Data Warehouse
14th
Average Rating
9.0
Number of Reviews
1
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
Snowflake Analytics
Ranking in Cloud Data Warehouse
7th
Average Rating
8.4
Number of Reviews
32
Ranking in other categories
Web Analytics (1st)
 

Featured Reviews

Iqbal Hossain Raju - PeerSpot reviewer
Sep 20, 2023
Can quickly query it to generate quick results
We have used Snowflake before. We support both. Firebolt has better performance, executing queries much quicker than Snowflake. However, Snowflake has more functionality. Depending on the client's needs, we can recommend the best option. Firebolt is a relatively new technology. Snowflake has many functionalities. Firebolt does not support unloading data to S3. There is no built-in way to do this in Firebolt. Alternatively, the data can be retrieved using API calls and loaded to S3 manually. Data can be unloaded to S3 directly using Snowflake. Firebolt significantly improves our performance over Snowflake because it takes less time to execute queries. This is especially important for our company because we use some KPIs that require fast loading times.
MR
Oct 6, 2023
The solution is stable and provides good features, but it is expensive to scale, and the technical support is not very good
It is a cloud data warehouse. We use the solution in our organization for setting up data warehouses, building tables, and querying from the tables The product lets us build tables. Time Travel and Snowpipe are good features. The rest of the features are standard. The tool must provide better…

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
 

Pros

"Firebolt is fast for analytical purposes. For example, we have analytical data in our data warehouse, and Firebolt can quickly query it to generate quick results."
"Scalability-wise, I rate the solution a ten out of ten."
"The most valuable feature of Snowflake Analytics is the ability to control and manage the cost."
"Considering everything I have accessed, the product's dashboard is good since it provides multiple good options, including customization options."
"I am impressed with the product's data-sharing feature."
"Time Travel and Snowpipe are good features."
"Snowflake Analytics' predictive analytics elements, which incorporate AI, are good and easy to integrate."
"Its performance speed is very good."
"Deployment is straightforward as it's a SaaS product. No maintenance required."
 

Cons

"Firebolt's engine takes a long time to start because it needs to make engine calls."
"We haven't seen any areas that are lacking."
"The UI could be more user-friendly."
"The UI must be improved."
"If you have a lot of computations, it becomes very costly."
"Machine learning in Snowflake isn't as advanced as in other products. I haven't heard of any successful industry-wide use cases of machine learning implemented in Snowflake. It might take a couple of years to reach the same level as Databricks."
"The pricing visibility is complex. If you understand pricing, you can estimate costs, but if not, it can be challenging."
"Implementing everything on-premise is challenging because it require proper support from advisors, DBAs, and others."
"The scheduling of jobs requires improvement, particularly in terms of the user interface which currently lacks certain features found in comparable platforms."
 

Pricing and Cost Advice

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"The product's pricing is subjective."
"Snowflake Analytics is a little more costly than Azure."
"It is not overly expensive. I would rate the pricing a six out of ten, with ten being expensive."
"It's not costly if you configure it properly to ensure optimal performance. People don't configure it properly, which is why costs go up."
"When using Snowflake, you pay based on your usage. They calculate how much CPU has been used. If you use excess warehouse storage, you are charged one credit per hour. If you are in Asia, you are charged $3 per credit. If you have 10 users running parallel with the same excess, you will be charged $30."
"I rate the product's licensing cost a five or six on a scale of one to ten, where one is low price, and ten is high price."
"The cost of Snowflake Analytics is low, any small organization can use it."
"I have been using free trial version."
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Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Computer Software Company
15%
Healthcare Company
13%
Recreational Facilities/Services Company
9%
University
5%
Computer Software Company
16%
Financial Services Firm
10%
Manufacturing Company
9%
Retailer
9%
 

Company Size

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Large Enterprise
Midsize Enterprise
Small Business
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Questions from the Community

What do you like most about Firebolt?
Firebolt is fast for analytical purposes. For example, we have analytical data in our data warehouse, and Firebolt can quickly query it to generate quick results.
What needs improvement with Firebolt?
Firebolt's engine takes a long time to start because it needs to make engine calls. Currently, the data size of Firebolt is small. It can be increased.
What advice do you have for others considering Firebolt?
One way to retrieve data from firewalls is to add query parameters to the connection string. For example, you can use the REST API to retrieve the security query. Some firewalls have been deployed ...
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Snowflake Analytics?
It's not costly if you configure it properly to ensure optimal performance. People don't configure it properly, which is why costs go up. So it depends on the knowledge of the customer.
What needs improvement with Snowflake Analytics?
In terms of cost. Many customers face issues with the expenses on Snowflake. The pricing visibility is complex. If you understand pricing, you can estimate costs, but if not, it can be challenging....
 

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Lionsgate, Adobe, Sony, Capital One, Akamai, Deliveroo, Snagajob, Logitech, University of Notre Dame, Runkeeper
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