What Cloud data warehouse is best for geospatial processing?

Spatial science teams need a data warehouse that can support the sheer volume of geospatial data they have to process. 

There are now a number of Cloud data warehouse options available in the market and this has created a new challenge for organisations; how does a GIS team decide which data warehouse will meet the storage and processing needs of their geospatial data while staying cost-effective? 

Two of the major players in this space are Google Cloud’s BigQuery and Snowflake’s data warehouse.

BigQuery is a serverless Cloud data warehouse that is highly scalable, cost-effective and can analyse large and complex datasets and respond within seconds.

Snowflake is a SQL (Structured Query Language) data warehouse built for the Cloud. Snowflake’s unique architecture natively handles diverse data in a single system, with the elasticity to support and scale data, workload and users.

To help make this decision easier for your team, we ran comparative testing on a BigQuery instance and Snowflake’s extra small and large instances to see how they stacked up against each other in:

  • Data Loading and Unloading
  • Data Consistency
  • Programmability and Integration 
  • Performance and Pricing 

The full report is available for download here.

About the author: Jaimee Nobbs

Jaimee is former Marketing Coordinator at the NGIS Group.

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