Snowflake Editions

Snowflake provides several alternatives to ensure that your usage of the service fits your organization’s specific requirements. This includes offering multiple editions to chose from, with each successive edition building on the previous edition through additional features and/or higher levels of service. And, as your organization’s needs change and grow, changing editions is easy.


The Snowflake Edition that your organization chooses determines the unit costs for the credits and the data storage you use. Another factor that impacts unit costs is whether you have a Snowflake On Demand or Capacity account:

  • On Demand: Usage-based pricing with no long-term licensing requirements.
  • Capacity: Discounted pricing based on an up-front Capacity commitment.

For pricing details, see the pricing page (on the Snowflake website).

In this Topic:

Overview of Editions

Standard Edition & Premier Edition

Standard Edition is our introductory level offering, providing full, unlimited access to all of Snowflake’s standard features. It provides a strong balance between features, level of support, and cost.

Premier Edition is a cost-effective option for organizations that do not need additional features, but would benefit from expanded access to Snowflake Support. It includes all the features and services of Standard Edition, with an upgrade to the next level of support.

Enterprise Edition & ESD (Enterprise for Sensitive Data) Edition

Enterprise Edition provides all the features and services of Premier Edition, with the additional features designed specifically for the needs of large-scale enterprises and organizations.

ESD Edition offers even higher levels of data protection to support the needs of organizations with extremely sensitive data, particularly PHI data that must comply with HIPAA regulations. It includes all the feature and services of Enterprise Edition, with the addition of enhanced security and data protection.


As required by HIPAA regulations, before any PHI data can be stored in Snowflake, a signed business associate agreement (BAA) must be in place between your agency/organization and Snowflake Inc.

Virtual Private Snowflake (VPS)

Virtual Private Snowflake offers our highest level of security for organizations that have the strictest security requirements, such as financial institutions.

It includes all the feature and services of Enterprise for Sensitive Data (ESD) Edition, but in an separate Snowflake environment, isolated from all other Snowflake accounts (i.e. VPS accounts do not share any resources with other accounts).


VPS accounts utilize slightly different naming conventions than the accounts for other Snowflake Editions. This results in a different structure for the hostnames/URLs used to access VPS accounts.

For details, please contact Snowflake Support or your Snowflake representative.

Feature / Edition Matrix

The following table provide a list of the major features and services included with each edition.


This is only a partial list of the features. For a more complete and detailed list, see Overview of Key Features.

Security and Data Protection

Feature/Service Standard Premier Enterprise ESD VPS
SOC 2 Type II certification.
Federated authentication and SSO for centralizing and streamlining user authentication.
OAuth for authorizing account access without sharing or storing user login credentials.
Network policies for limiting/controlling site access by user IP address.
Object-level access control.
Standard Time Travel (up to 1 day) for accessing/restoring modified and deleted data.
Disaster recovery of modified/deleted data (for 7 days beyond Time Travel) through Fail-safe.
Extended Time Travel (up to 90 days).
Periodic rekeying of encrypted data for increased protection.
Additional levels of security and data protection, as covered by the Snowflake Security Policy.
Encryption of all communication between Snowflake data storage (i.e. databases) and compute resources (i.e. virtual warehouses).
Customer-managed encryption keys through Tri-Secret Secure.
Support for secure, direct proxy (through AWS PrivateLink) to your other VPCs or on-premises data centers.
Support for PHI data (in accordance with HIPAA regulations).
Support for PCI DSS.
Dedicated pool of virtual servers (used in virtual warehouses) and metadata store.
Full encryption of all data transmissions, including internal transmissions between the components isolated within the VPS environment.

Resource Management

Feature/Service Standard Premier Enterprise ESD VPS
Isolating query and data loading workloads through separate compute clusters known as virtual warehouses.
Monitoring virtual warehouses usage through resource monitors.
Scaling compute resources to meet fluctuating concurrency needs through multi-cluster virtual warehouses.

SQL Support

Feature/Service Standard Premier Enterprise ESD VPS
Standard SQL, including most DDL and DML defined in SQL:1999.
Advanced DML such as multi-table INSERT, MERGE, and multi-merge.
Broad data type support.
Multi-statement transactions.
User-defined functions (UDFs) with support for both SQL and Javascript.
Native support for semi-structured data (JSON, Avro, ORC, Parquet, and XML).
Materialized views, including automatic maintenance of results.

Tools & Interfaces

Feature/Service Standard Premier Enterprise ESD VPS
Programmatic interfaces for Python, Node.js, and Spark.
Native support for JDBC and ODBC.
Extensive ecosystem for connecting to ETL, BI, and other third-party systems.

Data Import & Export

Feature/Service Standard Premier Enterprise ESD VPS
Bulk loading from delimited flat files (CSV, TSV, etc.) and semi-structured data files (JSON, Avro, ORC, Parquet, and XML).
Bulk unloading to delimited flat files and JSON files.

Customer Support

Feature/Service Standard Premier Enterprise ESD VPS
Access to the Snowflake Community Lodge, Snowflake’s online community forum and support portal.

Standard support includes:

  • Availability Monday through Friday during business hours (6:00am - 6:00pm):
    • For accounts in the US West, US East, and East US 2 Snowflake Regions, business hours are based on Pacific Time (PST or PDT).
    • For accounts in the EU (Frankfurt) and EU (Dublin) Snowflake Regions, business hours are based on Central Europe Time (CEST or CEDT).
    • For accounts in the AP (Sydney) Snowflake Region, business hours are based on Australian Eastern Time (AEST or AEDT).
  • 4-hour response window for Severity 1 issues.

Premier support includes:

  • 24x365 availability for Severity 1 issues.
  • 1-hour response window for Severity 1 issues.