Alation Cloud Service Now Available for Snowflake

Alation Inc., a provider of enterprise data intelligence solutions, is launching the Alation Cloud Service for Snowflake, offering departments and organizations of all sizes to start cataloging data on Snowflake’s platform.

The new offering, launched in partnership with Snowflake, makes data governance easy and accessible, enabling organizations to start small, flexibly expand by adding data connectors, users, and data objects, and support use cases like cloud data migration for less than $100k, according to the vendors.

“We’re increasingly seeing organizations of all sizes become serious about data-driven innovation and building a data culture. To help organizations looking for an affordable entry option, we created Alation Cloud Service for Snowflake to empower anyone to find trusted, quality data. Optimized for Snowflake, this edition provides a great way to start the data cataloging journey,” said Raj Gossain, chief product officer at Alation.

The new Alation Cloud Service package sits atop Alation’s cloud-native, multi-tenant architecture and includes deep Snowflake integrations that deliver active data governance.

Alation Cloud Service for Snowflake empowers Alation and Snowflake’s joint customers to identify their most valued data, make trusted data visible and actionable to all data consumers, and ensure the data is used properly, according to the vendors.

Alation Data Catalog automatically ingests metadata and then combines machine learning and human curation to make metadata more intelligent and useful. This powers comprehensive search and discovery of trusted data and sets the foundation for specific features below.

Key capabilities of Alation Cloud Service for Snowflake include:

  • Policy management and enforcement: Alation Policy Center allows Snowflake data policies to be extracted, curated, and managed in one place for complete visibility. Policies can be applied and enforced to new data in Snowflake, directly from Alation, for end-to-end control.
  • Tags to classify and protect data: Alation ingests, applies, updates, and synchronizes Snowflake Object Tags for streamlined data classification. As a result, tagged Snowflake data objects are easier to protect and find in Alation.
  • Automated column-level lineage and impact analysis: Alation automatically populates interactive column-level lineage graphs for granular comprehension of data relationships. Impact Analysis can then be performed to identify downstream data and who is affected by changes, simplifying compliance audits.
  • Intelligent SQL editor and query forms: SQL queries can be scheduled and published back to the catalog for others to share and reuse. Query forms convert SQL queries into simple forms, empowering users of all technical levels to self-serve answers to analytical questions, without relying on data analysts.

"Alation Cloud Service for Snowflake is a great option for any enterprise beginning their data cataloging journey," said Sunny Bedi, CIO and CDO, Snowflake. "Alation's deep data governance integration with Snowflake and self-service analytics capabilities makes it fast and easy to use and govern critical data stored in the Snowflake Data Cloud."

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