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 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 (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:

Functional Area Features/Services
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 the Snowflake Community Lodge, Snowflake’s online community forum and support portal.
  • Standard support, including:
    • 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.


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.

It includes all the features and services of Standard Edition, with an upgrade to the next level of support:

Functional Area Features/Services
  • Premier support, including:
    • 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:

Functional Area Features/Services
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:

Functional Area Features/Services
Security and Data 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).
  • Tri-Secret Secure using customer-managed keys.
  • 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.


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:

Functional Area Features/Services
Security and Data Protection
  • Dedicated pool of virtual servers used in virtual warehouses.
  • Dedicated metadata store.
  • Full encryption of all data transmissions, including internal transmissions between the components isolated within the VPS environment.


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 your Snowflake representative.