Amazon S3 to Snowflake – Made Easy

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Posted On: 21 Jun, 2021

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Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) is a highly flexible object storage service that offers industry-leading scalability, data availability, security, and performance. It becomes essential to backup your Amazon S3 data in a cloud data warehouse so that you don’t lose access to your data due to human error or some other uncontrollable activity. Replicate your Amazon S3 data to a powerful data warehouse like Snowflake for easy access and seamless analysis. With your Amazon S3 data streamlined with a high-performance cloud warehouse, you can run anything from complex ad-hoc queries to standard reporting, and easily combine your S3 data with data from other sources.  

This article will help you to understand the importance of Amazon S3, Snowflake, and the process to integrate your S3 data into the Snowflake data warehouse with two approaches – manual and using a fully automated cloud of the data pipeline.

Why integrate Amazon S3 to Snowflake?

Consolidating your Amazon S3 data to Snowflake enables quick data analysis for business insights. It also ensures consistent data quality, which is absolutely crucial for reliable business insights. So whether you are looking to load Amazon S3 data for deeper analysis or to simply create a backup of this data in a robust data warehouse, deciding to move your data to Snowflake is the right step towards driving informed business decisions. And In order to extract business insights from S3 data, you need dedicated infrastructure for data pipelines to migrate data efficiently. Let’s show you how.

Amazon S3 Overview

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) is a scalable, high-speed, web-based cloud storage service. It is designed for online backup and to make web-scale computing easier for developers. It gives any developer access to the same highly scalable, reliable, fast, inexpensive data storage infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its global network of websites. Amazon S3 provides easy-to-use management features so you can organize your data and configure finely-tuned access controls to meet your specific business, organizational, and compliance requirements.

Snowflake Overview

Snowflake is a data warehouse solution built on top of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud infrastructure and is a true SaaS offering with full support for ANSI SQL. There’s no hardware or software to select, install, configure, or manage, so it’s ideal for organizations that don’t want to dedicate resources for setup, maintenance, and support of in-house servers. Snowflake stores both structured and semi-structured data, converting it into a usable format that is SQL-compatible. The Snowflake data warehouse is cloud-agnostic, allowing the customers to be multi-cloud. Currently, Snowflake is available on Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and Amazon Web Services.

How to replicate Amazon S3 to Snowflake?

Here’s an overview of the two approaches you can use to replicate Amazon S3 data to Snowflake. This will allow you to evaluate the pros and cons of both and choose the one that best suits your requirement.

Build your own data pipeline 

This process needs a lot of experience and consumes a lot of time and manpower. The chances of errors are more due to multiple integrated steps to be executed one after the other. You need to extract data using Amazon S3 APIs & then connect it properly with the Snowflake data warehouse. This whole process to build a custom data pipeline requires regular intervention that makes it cumbersome. 

Use Daton to integrate Amazon S3 and Snowflake

Integrating Amazon S3 and Snowflake with Daton is the fastest & easiest way to save your time and efforts. Leveraging a cloud data pipeline like Daton significantly simplifies and accelerates the time it takes to build automated reporting. 

Configuring data replication on Daton only takes a few minutes and a few clicks. Your analysts do not have to write any code or manage any infrastructure, yet you can get access to Amazon S3 data in a few hours. 

Daton’s simple and easy-to-use interface allows analysts and developers to use UI elements to configure data replication from Amazon S3 data into Snowflake.  

Daton takes care of: 

  • Authentication 
  • Rate limits
  • Sampling
  • Historical data load
  • Incremental data load
  • Table creation, deletion, and reloads
  • Refreshing access tokens
  • Notifications 

and many more important functions for data analysts to focus on analysis rather than worrying about data replication. 

Steps to integrate Amazon S3 with Daton


  • Sign in to Daton  
  • Select Amazon S3 from the integrations page 
  • Provide Integration Name, Replication Frequency, and History. Integration name would be used in creating tables for the integration and cannot be changed later  
  • You will be redirected to Amazon S3 log in for authorizing Daton to extract data periodically 
  • Post successful authentication, you will be prompted to choose from the list of available Amazon S3 accounts 
  • Select required tables from the available list of tables 
  • Then select all required fields for each table 
  • Submit the integration 

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Here are more reasons to explore Daton for Amazon S3 to Snowflake Integration 

  • Faster integration – Amazon S3 to Snowflake is one of the integrations Daton can handle very conveniently and seamlessly. By following few steps you can easily connect Amazon S3 to Snowflake.  
  • Low Effort & Zero Maintenance – Daton automatically takes care of all the data replication processes and infrastructure once you sign up for a Daton account and configure the data sources. No need to manage infrastructure or write manual code.
  • Data consistency guarantee and an incredibly friendly customer support team ensure you can leave the data engineering to Daton and focus on analysis and insights! 
  • Enterprise-grade data pipeline at an unbeatable price to help every business become data-driven. Get started with a single integration today for just $10 and scale up as your data needs grow. 
  • Robust Scheduling Options: This allows you to schedule jobs based on their requirements using a simple configuration step. 
  • Support for all major cloud data warehouses including Google BigQuery, Snowflake, Amazon Redshift, Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse, PostgreSQL, and more. 
  • Flexible loading options allow to you optimize data loading behavior to maximize storage utilization and ease of querying. 
  • Enterprise-grade encryption gives your peace of mind 
  • Support for 100+ data sources – In addition to Amazon S3, Daton can extract data from a varied range of sources such as Sales and Marketing applications, Databases, Analytics platforms, Payment platforms, and much more. 

Daton’s near real-time fully automated architecture ensures that you have the latest, up-to-date data in Snowflake at any point.

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