Snowflake’s Snowday 2023

Introduction:

Snowflake Snowday is always a highly anticipated event in the data world. This year’s event was no exception, with a slew of new product announcements and updates that will further extend the capabilities of the Data Cloud.

One of the biggest announcements at Snowday 2023 was the launch of Cortex, Snowflake’s new generative AI offering. Cortex makes it possible to build and deploy AI models entirely within the Data Cloud, without the need for any specialized infrastructure. This is a major breakthrough for data professionals, as it makes AI more accessible and affordable for businesses of all sizes.

Snowflake also announced a number of updates to its Snowpark environment for traditional machine learning. Snowpark now supports a wider range of ML frameworks and languages, making it easier for data scientists to get started with ML on Snowflake.

In addition, Snowflake announced support for Iceberg Tables, a new open source format for data tables that is designed to be scalable and efficient. Iceberg Tables are a great option for storing and managing large datasets in the Data Cloud.

Finally, Snowflake announced updates to its Horizon data governance tool and a new Snowflake Notebook. These updates make it easier for data professionals to manage and govern their data in the Data Cloud.

Snowflake Snowday Announcements 2023:

Cortex:

Cortex is Snowflake’s new generative AI offering. It makes it possible to build and deploy AI models entirely within the Data Cloud, without the need for any specialized infrastructure. Cortex provides a variety of features to help data scientists get started with generative AI, including:

  • A library of pre-trained generative AI models
  • A drag-and-drop interface for building and deploying AI models
  • A variety of tools for training and evaluating AI models
  • The ability to share and collaborate on AI models with other data scientists

Snowpark:

Snowpark is Snowflake’s environment for traditional machine learning. It makes it possible to run ML workloads directly on Snowflake’s data warehouse. Snowpark now supports a wider range of ML frameworks and languages, including:

  • TensorFlow
  • PyTorch
  • scikit-learn
  • R

Iceberg Tables:

Iceberg Tables are a new open-source format for data tables that is designed to be scalable and efficient. Iceberg Tables are a great option for storing and managing large datasets in the Data Cloud. Snowflake now supports Iceberg Tables, making it easier for customers to take advantage of this new format.

Horizon:

Horizon is Snowflake’s data governance tool. It helps data professionals to manage and govern their data in the Data Cloud. Snowflake announced a number of updates to Horizon at Snowday 2023, including:

  • New features for managing data access and permissions
  • New features for auditing data usage
  • New features for managing data lineage

Snowflake Notebook:

Snowflake Notebook is a new interactive notebook environment for Snowflake. It makes it easy to explore and analyze data in the Data Cloud. Snowflake Notebook includes features such as:

  • Code completion
  • Syntax highlighting
  • Integration with Snowflake’s data warehouse

Introducing Snoptimizer:

Are you curious to learn more about Snoptimizer, our newest Snowflake Native App.

Conclusion:

Snowday 2023 was a major event for the Data Cloud. Snowflake announced a number of new features and products that will further extend the capabilities of the Data Cloud. These announcements make it clear that Snowflake is committed to providing data professionals with the tools and resources they need to succeed.

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