Snowflake Elastic Data Warehouse
Another closely watched startup that debuted its long-gestating product in the first half of this year is San Mateo, Calif.-based Snowflake Computing and its Snowflake Elastic Data Warehouse.
On-premise data warehouse systems are notorious for being complex, expensive and very time-consuming to build. Snowflake is providing a cloud alternative, a SQL data warehouse running on Amazon Web Services that's delivered as a service. It works with structured and semi-structured data, offers multidimensional elasticity, self-tuning functions, "extreme" high availability, disaster recovery and enterprise-class security.