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The Basics of Snowflake Architecture

Arun Sirpal lays out the foundation of Snowflake DB’s architecture:

At the most basic level, Snowflake has 3 important components. The Cloud services layer, centralised storage layer and the compute layer.

Cloud services – they call this the “brains” of snowflake. This is where infrastructure management takes place, the optimiser is based (cost-based), metadata management and security (authentication and access control) are handled.

Read on to learn about the other two layers and how they meet.