Snowflake Editions

Snowflake provides several alternatives to ensure that your usage of the service fits your organization’s specific requirements. This includes offering multiple Snowflake 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 choose determine 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 (in the Snowflake website).

In this Topic:

Standard 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. The following table provides a list of the major features and services included with Standard Edition:

Security and Data Protection
Tools and Interfaces
Data Import and Export
  • Support for bulk loading from delimited flat files (CSV, TSV, etc.) and semi-structured data files (JSON, Avro, ORC, Parquet, and XML).
  • Support for bulk unloading to delimited flat files and JSON files.
  • Access to Snowflake Lodge, Snowflake’s support portal and online community forum.
  • Standard support policy, including:
    • Availability Monday through Friday during regular business hours:
      • For accounts in the US West and US East Snowflake Regions, business hours are based on Pacific Time (PT).
      • For accounts in the EU (Frankfurt) and AP (Sydney) Snowflake Regions, business hours are based on Central Europe Time (CET).
    • 4-hour response window for Severity 1 issues.


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

Premier Edition

Snowflake offers Premier Edition as a cost-effective option for organizations that do not need additional features, but would benefit from expanded access to Snowflake Support. Premier Edition includes all the features and services of Standard Edition, with the addition of Premier Support and SLA, which includes:

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

Enterprise Edition

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

Enhanced Security and Data Protection
Automated Resource Management

Enterprise Edition for Sensitive Data (ESD)

Enterprise for Sensitive Data 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 the following enhanced security and data protection:

  • Enhanced data and security policy for additional levels of protection.
  • Encryption of all data transmissions between the Snowflake data store and virtual warehouses.
  • Tri-Secret Secure using customer-managed keys.
  • Support for PHI data (in accordance with HIPAA regulations).
  • Support for PCI DSS compliance.


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 Computing.

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 Edition for Sensitive Data (ESD), 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 delivers this level of extreme security through the use of:

  • Dedicated virtual servers.
  • Dedicated metadata store.
  • Full encryption of all data transmissions, including internal transmissions between the components isolated within the VPS environment.
  • Secure, direct proxy to your other VPCs or on-premises data centers.