System Usage & Billing

All Snowflake costs are based on usage of data storage and compute resources:

  • Usage for data storage is calculated on the daily average amount of data (in bytes) stored in the system for:
    • Files staged for bulk data loading/unloading (can be stored compressed or uncompressed).
    • Database tables, including historical data for Time Travel (always compressed by Snowflake).
    • Fail-safe for database tables (always compressed by Snowflake).
  • Usage for compute resources is calculated based on the number of Snowflake credits used by virtual warehouses to execute queries, load/unload data, and perform other DML operations.

Snowflake provides numerous methods, in both the web interface and SQL, for monitoring and controlling your storage and credit usage.

Next Topics: