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Snowflake Cost Guardrails – Resource Monitors

Resource Monitors



The Snowflake Data Cloud provides impressive scalability and processing power for analytical data. It’s an incredible advancement that now allows for launching T-shirt warehouse sizes ranging from XS (1 virtual instance) up to 6XL with 512 EC2 instances when running on AWS on 1 cluster. However, it’s important to set up your Snowflake account with resource monitors to control costs. Snowflake Resource Monitors serve as your primary way to control costs within the Snowflake Data Cloud.

Let’s show you how easy it is to set up your Snowflake cost guardrails so your costs don’t go beyond what you expect.

We recommend either hiring a full or part-time Snowflake administrator focused on cost optimization and database organization or using our Snowflake Cost Optimization Tool – Snoptimizer.  Snoptimizer automates setting up resource monitors on your Snowflake account for each warehouse and tons of other cost optimizations and controls on your Snowflake Account. Let’s dig into the only true Snowflake Cost Risk Guardrails you have had for a while, Resource Monitors.


Resource Monitors – Your Snowflake Data Cloud Cost Guardrails

Resource Monitors are technically relatively easy to set up from the Snowflake Web GUI or command line. Even though setting up one Resource Monitor is relatively easy, it’s still easy to make incorrect assumptions and not have enough effective monitoring and suspending in place. It is like having your guardrails not installed yet if you do not do the following which is too easy to do:

Finding out that Snowflake consumption-based pricing was so reasonable was game-changing for me and my consulting company.  We could finally provide scale to any analytical challenge and solution we needed to create. This was never possible before. I remember building predictive marketing tools and we often had to crunch large data sets we would often run into scaling challenges and have to spend tons of time and engineering effort to engineer for scale.


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To Recap – How Snoptimizer Helps You

Snoptimizer quickly and automatically optimizes your Snowflake account for security, cost, and performance. It eliminates headaches and concerns about security risks and cost overruns across your Snowflake account.

In short, Snoptimizer makes managing your Snowflake cost, performance, and security much easier and more automated.




Having properly set up Snowflake Guardrails in the form of Resource Monitors is extremely important. If you’re unsure whether or not you have these in place, it’s time to take action. Activate Snoptimizer today to optimize your system in just a few hours, and ensure continuous and regular cost optimization monitoring. If a new warehouse appears, we’ve got you covered!

In conclusion, setting up Snowflake resource monitors is crucial for controlling costs in the Snowflake Data Cloud.

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