Uplevel your knowledge structure with real- time streaming utilizing Amazon Knowledge Firehose and Snowflake

At present’s fast-paced world calls for well timed insights and selections, which is driving the significance of streaming knowledge. Streaming knowledge refers to knowledge that’s constantly generated from quite a lot of sources. The sources of this knowledge, corresponding to clickstream occasions, change knowledge seize (CDC), software and repair logs, and Web of Issues (IoT) knowledge streams are proliferating. Snowflake provides two choices to convey streaming knowledge into its platform: Snowpipe and Snowflake Snowpipe Streaming. Snowpipe is appropriate for file ingestion (batching) use circumstances, corresponding to loading giant recordsdata from Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to Snowflake. Snowpipe Streaming, a more moderen characteristic launched in March 2023, is appropriate for rowset ingestion (streaming) use circumstances, corresponding to loading a steady stream of knowledge from Amazon Kinesis Data Streams or Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka (Amazon MSK).

Earlier than Snowpipe Streaming, AWS clients used Snowpipe for each use circumstances: file ingestion and rowset ingestion. First, you ingested streaming knowledge to Kinesis Knowledge Streams or Amazon MSK, then used Amazon Knowledge Firehose to combination and write streams to Amazon S3, adopted through the use of Snowpipe to load the info into Snowflake. Nevertheless, this multi-step course of can lead to delays of as much as an hour earlier than knowledge is offered for evaluation in Snowflake. Furthermore, it’s costly, particularly when you will have small recordsdata that Snowpipe has to add to the Snowflake buyer cluster.

To unravel this situation, Amazon Knowledge Firehose now integrates with Snowpipe Streaming, enabling you to seize, remodel, and ship knowledge streams from Kinesis Knowledge Streams, Amazon MSK, and Firehose Direct PUT to Snowflake in seconds at a low value. With just a few clicks on the Amazon Knowledge Firehose console, you possibly can arrange a Firehose stream to ship knowledge to Snowflake. There are not any commitments or upfront investments to make use of Amazon Knowledge Firehose, and also you solely pay for the quantity of knowledge streamed.

Some key options of Amazon Knowledge Firehose embrace:

  • Totally managed serverless service – You don’t have to handle assets, and Amazon Knowledge Firehose routinely scales to match the throughput of your knowledge supply with out ongoing administration.
  • Simple to make use of with no code – You don’t want to jot down purposes.
  • Actual-time knowledge supply – You may get knowledge to your locations rapidly and effectively in seconds.
  • Integration with over 20 AWS companies – Seamless integration is offered for a lot of AWS companies, corresponding to Kinesis Knowledge Streams, Amazon MSK, Amazon VPC Circulation Logs, AWS WAF logs, Amazon CloudWatch Logs, Amazon EventBridge, AWS IoT Core, and extra.
  • Pay-as-you-go mannequin – You solely pay for the info quantity that Amazon Knowledge Firehose processes.
  • Connectivity – Amazon Knowledge Firehose can connect with public or personal subnets in your VPC.

This put up explains how one can convey streaming knowledge from AWS into Snowflake inside seconds to carry out superior analytics. We discover frequent architectures and illustrate methods to arrange a low-code, serverless, cost-effective resolution for low-latency knowledge streaming.

Overview of resolution

The next are the steps to implement the answer to stream knowledge from AWS to Snowflake:

  1. Create a Snowflake database, schema, and desk.
  2. Create a Kinesis knowledge stream.
  3. Create a Firehose supply stream with Kinesis Knowledge Streams because the supply and Snowflake as its vacation spot utilizing a safe personal hyperlink.
  4. To check the setup, generate pattern stream knowledge from the Amazon Kinesis Data Generator (KDG) with the Firehose supply stream because the vacation spot.
  5. Question the Snowflake desk to validate the info loaded into Snowflake.

The answer is depicted within the following structure diagram.


It is best to have the next stipulations:

Create a Snowflake database, schema, and desk

Full the next steps to arrange your knowledge in Snowflake:

  • Log in to your Snowflake account and create the database:
  • Create a schema within the new database:
    create schema adf_snf.kds_blog;

  • Create a desk within the new schema:
    create or exchange desk iot_sensors
    (sensorId quantity,
    sensorType varchar,
    internetIP varchar,
    connectionTime timestamp_ntz,
    currentTemperature quantity

Create a Kinesis knowledge stream

Full the next steps to create your knowledge stream:

  • On the Kinesis Knowledge Streams console, select Knowledge streams within the navigation pane.
  • Select Create knowledge stream.
  • For Knowledge stream title, enter a reputation (for instance, KDS-Demo-Stream).
  • Go away the remaining settings as default.
  • Select Create knowledge stream.

Create a Firehose supply stream

Full the next steps to create a Firehose supply stream with Kinesis Knowledge Streams because the supply and Snowflake as its vacation spot:

  • On the Amazon Knowledge Firehose console, select Create Firehose stream.
  • For Supply, select Amazon Kinesis Knowledge Streams.
  • For Vacation spot, select Snowflake.
  • For Kinesis knowledge stream, browse to the info stream you created earlier.
  • For Firehose stream title, go away the default generated title or enter a reputation of your choice.
  • Below Connection settings, present the next info to attach Amazon Knowledge Firehose to Snowflake:
    • For Snowflake account URL, enter your Snowflake account URL.
    • For Consumer, enter the consumer title generated within the stipulations.
    • For Non-public key, enter the personal key generated within the stipulations. Ensure that the personal secret’s in PKCS8 format. Don’t embrace the PEM header-BEGIN prefix and footer-END suffix as a part of the personal key. If the hot button is cut up throughout a number of strains, take away the road breaks.
    • For Function, choose Use customized Snowflake function and enter the IAM function that has entry to jot down to the database desk.

You may connect with Snowflake utilizing public or personal connectivity. Should you don’t present a VPC endpoint, the default connectivity mode is public. To permit checklist Firehose IPs in your Snowflake community coverage, discuss with Choose Snowflake for Your Destination. Should you’re utilizing a non-public hyperlink URL, present the VPCE ID utilizing SYSTEM$GET_PRIVATELINK_CONFIG:


This perform returns a JSON illustration of the Snowflake account info essential to facilitate the self-service configuration of personal connectivity to the Snowflake service, as proven within the following screenshot.

  • For this put up, we’re utilizing a non-public hyperlink, so for VPCE ID, enter the VPCE ID.
  • Below Database configuration settings, enter your Snowflake database, schema, and desk names.
  • Within the Backup settings part, for S3 backup bucket, enter the bucket you created as a part of the stipulations.
  • Select Create Firehose stream.

Alternatively, you need to use an AWS CloudFormation template to create the Firehose supply stream with Snowflake because the vacation spot slightly than utilizing the Amazon Knowledge Firehose console.

To make use of the CloudFormation stack, select


Generate pattern stream knowledge
Generate pattern stream knowledge from the KDG with the Kinesis knowledge stream you created:

"sensorId": {{random.quantity(999999999)}}, 
"sensorType": "{{random.arrayElement( ["Thermostat","SmartWaterHeater","HVACTemperatureSensor","WaterPurifier"] )}}", 
"internetIP": "{{web.ip}}", 
"connectionTime": "{{date.now("YYYY-MM-DDTHH:m:ss")}}", 
"currentTemperature": {{random.quantity({"min":10,"max":150})}} 

Question the Snowflake desk

Question the Snowflake desk:

choose * from adf_snf.kds_blog.iot_sensors;

You may verify that the info generated by the KDG that was despatched to Kinesis Knowledge Streams is loaded into the Snowflake desk via Amazon Knowledge Firehose.


If knowledge just isn’t loaded into Kinesis Knowledge Steams after the KDG sends knowledge to the Firehose supply stream, refresh and be sure you are logged in to the KDG.

Should you made any modifications to the Snowflake vacation spot desk definition, recreate the Firehose supply stream.

Clear up

To keep away from incurring future fees, delete the assets you created as a part of this train if you’re not planning to make use of them additional.


Amazon Knowledge Firehose supplies a simple technique to ship knowledge to Snowpipe Streaming, enabling you to avoid wasting prices and cut back latency to seconds. To attempt Amazon Kinesis Firehose with Snowflake, discuss with the Amazon Knowledge Firehose with Snowflake as vacation spot lab.

In regards to the Authors

Swapna Bandla is a Senior Options Architect within the AWS Analytics Specialist SA Staff. Swapna has a ardour in direction of understanding clients knowledge and analytics wants and empowering them to develop cloud-based well-architected options. Exterior of labor, she enjoys spending time along with her household.

Mostafa Mansour is a Principal Product Supervisor – Tech at Amazon Internet Companies the place he works on Amazon Kinesis Knowledge Firehose. He makes a speciality of creating intuitive product experiences that clear up advanced challenges for purchasers at scale. When he’s not onerous at work on Amazon Kinesis Knowledge Firehose, you’ll doubtless discover Mostafa on the squash courtroom, the place he likes to tackle challengers and ideal his dropshots.

Bosco Albuquerque is a Sr. Associate Options Architect at AWS and has over 20 years of expertise working with database and analytics merchandise from enterprise database distributors and cloud suppliers. He has helped expertise corporations design and implement knowledge analytics options and merchandise.

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