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The Next Snowflake? Two Highfliers Raise $452M in Red-Hot Cloud Database Market

June 24, 2021
Almost half a billion dollars in new funding is going to two database vendors — Neo4j and Firebolt —as investors look for the next Snowflake in the red-hot, $50 billion database market.  And Couchbase, which already has received $251 million in venture funding, announced plans on June 21 to file an initial public offering. Couchbase
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Data Clouds: Tech’s Next Big Innovation or Just Another Buzzword?

June 10, 2021
The technology industry increasingly is using a new term – data clouds – to describe the fast-emerging world of big-data management and analytics in the cloud.  However, in a market already crowded with database platforms, data warehouses, data lakes, and other technologies, just how new and different are data clouds?  References to data clouds are
Snowflake CEO Frank Slootman, who recently ripped the data architecture of Microsoft

Snowflake CEO Rips Microsoft, Amazon, Google for Outdated Architecture

June 7, 2021
Snowflake CEO Frank Slootman, feeling feisty after posting Q1 revenue growth of 110%, said a big chunk of that growth is coming from upgrading legacy data warehouses that Microsoft, Amazon and Google can’t handle because they’re “not sitting on good architecture.” This is truly a case of the little guy picking a fight with the
Snowflake logo on Wall Street, representing its recent 1 billion queries milestone

Snowflake Hits Another Milestone: 1 Billion Queries in 24 Hours

June 3, 2021
When Snowflake announced its Q1 FY2022 earnings, one metric stood out as a harbinger of where the cloud database market is heading: Snowflake processed one billion queries in a single day, CEO Frank Slootman revealed during the Q1 review.  Why does that matter? A query is a request to access data from a database. It
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Cloud Vendors Confront ‘Highest Risk’ Projects: Database Migration

April 16, 2021
As more businesses move their on-premises databases to the cloud, many face a challenge that may take months or even years to work through. How do they move terabytes, petabytes, and even exabytes of data to the cloud? The issue is one that database administrators and IT pros have long grappled with, but it’s gaining
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Snowflake Bets Continued Hypergrowth on Explosive Trend in Cloud

April 9, 2021
Snowflake is intensifying the vertical-industry focus that has been a major part of its early success and that will continue to enhance the relatively small company’s credibility and appeal among large enterprises, says CEO Frank Slootman. Earlier this week, Snowflake hammered its way into my weekly Cloud Wars Top 10 rankings, displacing Adobe in the
Cloud Wars Top 10 rankings for April 5, 2021

Snowflake Blasts into the Cloud Wars Top 10, Replacing #10 Adobe

April 7, 2021
Despite having annual revenue of well under $600 million, high-growth superstar Snowflake has forced its way into the Cloud Wars Top 10 by seizing the data-cloud position that all the major cloud players missed and are now eager to claim. Snowflake replaces #10 Adobe on my weekly Cloud Wars Top 10 rankings. While Adobe’s Digital
Snowflake CEO Frank Slootman shares the company's Q4 cloud revenue numbers

Snowflake: 4 Big Steps on Journey to $1 Billion in Data Cloud Revenue

March 5, 2021
Snowflake continued on its high-growth trajectory in its fiscal Q4 ended Jan. 31 with product revenue jumping 116% to $178 million and overall revenue soaring 117% to $190 million.  Revenue for the fiscal year was $592 million. The cloud database provider’s guidance for the current year puts it on track to generate product revenue of
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Surging Cloud Databases Will Blow Past Legacy Databases in Mega Platform Shift

February 22, 2021
The database market is in the throes of its biggest change of the last 50 years.  Cloud databases will soon overtake traditional on-premises databases—the ones long used for transactions and analytics in corporate data centers—as the preferred data-management platforms for many use cases.  The transition is happening so fast that Gartner, in a strategic planning
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The Cloud Database Market Is Booming: 10 Key Developments

February 2, 2021
Cloud databases are off to a fast start in 2021, with a slew of significant new products, 9-figure investments, aggressive go-to-market moves and more in the past few weeks.  The level of activity is unlikely to let up. As businesses aggressively move growing portions of their IT environments to the cloud, database vendors of all