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Nowadays organizations deal with increasing amount of data volumes and data complexity. Fortunately, platforms such as Snowflake offer robust capabilities and strategies to address this challenge. In this blog, I will explore some techniques for setting up the snowflake infrastructure to accommodate for scaling data in the future.

Horizontal Scaling

Snowflake’s architecture is designed to scale horizontally, which allows users to expand their compute resources (virtual warehouses) as data volumes grows. By adding more compute nodes to a Snowflake virtual warehouse cluster, users can distribute workloads across multiple nodes. This is especially effective when concurrent users query the same data. In the context of dbt, horizontal scaling involves optimizing SQL queries and transformations to leverage Snowflake’s parallel processing capabilities effectively.

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Vertical scaling

In addition to horizontal scaling, Snowflake also supports vertical scaling through dynamic resource allocation. Organizations can adjust the size of their virtual warehouses in response to complexity changes of queries. This flexibility enables efficient resource utilization and ensures that dbt transformations can scale vertically to meet the demands of complex data processing tasks.

Effective Workload Management

Workload management is essential if you want to optimize resource utilization. Often organization have different departments that need access to query your data. However, not every department has the same workload or schedule to execute their queries. Hence, it is important to set up a a good infrastructure from the get go. Snowflake provides robust workload management features, allowing users to prioritize and allocate resources based on workload, frequency, and resource requirements. Questions to think about could be: Does every department needs their own user account? What databases and schema’s do they get access to? Does every department get allocated dedicated virtual warehouses?

Continuous improvement and monitoring

Scaling data projects is an iterative process that requires continuous improvement and monitoring. Organizations should regularly monitor system performance metrics, query execution statistics, and resource utilization patterns to identify optimization opportunities and proactively tune the system for scalability. By adopting a data-driven approach to scaling and optimization, organizations can ensure that their data projects remain efficient, agile, and capable of supporting future growth.


In conclusion, scaling data projects with Snowflake requires a combination of horizontal and vertical scaling strategies, effective workload management, and continuous improvement. This blog outlined some capabilities and best practices to make sure you can setup a scalable snowflake infrastructure. It’s by far not a comprehensive list, but I do hope it gives you a jump-start in organizing your snowflake infrastructure when you have to deal with changing data volumes.


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