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Databricks with Snowflake

In 2023, numerous clients approached us for guidance on implementing data-driven solutions with Big Data technology stacks. We observed that non-technical stakeholders frequently encounter challenges in selecting the appropriate platform for their specific use cases. Here is a concise summary to assist in facilitating that decision-making process.

Snowflake and Databricks are both powerful tools used in the realm of data platforms, but they serve different purposes within the data ecosystem. Let’s compare Snowflake and Databricks in terms of their key features and use cases:

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Use Case

Scalable data warehouse

  • Ideal for structured and semi-structured data.
  • Best for data warehousing, analytics, and handling high concurrency.
  • Well-suited for scenarios requiring seamless data sharing and collaboration across.

Nature of Data

If the focus is on structured and semi-structured data analytics.


Known for handling high levels of concurrency efficiently.


Enables secure data sharing and collaboration.

Primary preferred skillset

Python + SQL


Use Case

Unified Analytics and Machine Learning

  • Optimal for big data analytics and machine learning workflows.
  • Built on Apache Spark, providing a unified platform for data engineering, data science, and collaborative analytics.
  • Excellent for distributed data processing and handling large-scale analytics tasks.

Nature of Data

For big data processing, analytics, and machine learning.


Designed for scalable distributed data processing.


A collaborative environment for teams working on analytics and machine learning.

Primary preferred skillset


Using both togather

The integration of Databricks and Snowflake is a powerful combination for enterprise-level companies aiming to deliver robust data-driven solutions. The native Snowflake Connector in Databricks version 4.2 enhances the seamless collaboration between the two platforms.

With this integration, your Databricks account gains the ability to read data from Snowflake and write data to Snowflake without the need for importing additional libraries. This streamlined process eliminates the previous requirement of importing Spark connector libraries into Databricks clusters, simplifying the workflow and making it more efficient.

This integration not only facilitates smoother data exchange but also contributes to the overall synergy of the data ecosystem, allowing enterprises to leverage the strengths of both Databricks and Snowflake for enhanced analytics, processing, and collaborative data-driven initiatives.


In summary, the choice between Snowflake and Databricks depends on your specific use case, scalability requirements, and the nature of your data processing and analytics tasks. In some cases, organizations may choose to use both platforms in a complementary fashion within their data architecture.

If you’re interested in finding the optimal solution for your business needs, we invite you to schedule a free consultation with us. During this session, our experts will work with you to identify the best-suited solution to meet your specific requirements. Don’t hesitate to reach out and book your consultation to explore how we can address your business challenges and contribute to your success.

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