Snowflake Regions

Snowflake Regions let your organization choose where your data is geographically stored across your global operations. They also determine where your compute resources are provisioned. You can choose to have multiple accounts in separate regions to address global latency concerns and/or provide additional backup and disaster recovery support beyond the standard support provided by Snowflake.

Snowflake accounts can be created on the following cloud platforms:

Snowflake maintains the following regions (with more planned for the future):

Cloud Platform Snowflake Region
AWS US West
AWS US East
AWS EU (Dublin)
AWS EU (Frankfurt)
AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney)
Microsoft Azure East US 2

Snowflake features and services are identical across regions; however, there are some differences in unit costs for credits and data storage. Another factor that impacts unit costs is whether you have a Snowflake On Demand or Capacity account. For more information about pricing as it pertains to a specific region, see the pricing page (in the Snowflake website).

Important

Each Snowflake account is located in a single region, i.e. multi-region accounts are not supported. The default on the AWS cloud platform is the US West Region (i.e. if no region is specified/requested at the time an account is provisioned, the account is located in US West). Note that regions do not limit user access to Snowflake; they only dictate the geographical location where data is stored and compute resources are provisioned.

In addition, Snowflake does not yet support accessing or sharing data between accounts. If you wish to use Snowflake across multiple regions, you must have a separate Snowflake account in each region and the data in these accounts cannot currently be directly accessed or shared between them.

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Region IDs in Account URLs

Each Snowflake Region, except for US West, has a region ID. For these regions, the ID is a required segment in the URL for accessing your Snowflake account:

US West:account_name.snowflakecomputing.com
Other regions:account_name.region_id.snowflakecomputing.com

Where account_name is the name of your account (provided by Snowflake) and region_id is:

Cloud Platform Region ID Snowflake Region
AWS us-east-1 US East
AWS eu-west-1 EU (Dublin)
AWS eu-central-1 EU (Frankfurt)
AWS ap-southeast-2 Asia Pacific (Sydney)
Microsoft Azure east-us-2.azure East US 2

For example, if your account name is xy12345:

  • In US West, the URL would be xy12345.snowflakecomputing.com.
  • In US East, the URL would be xy12345.us-east-1.snowflakecomputing.com.
  • In EU (Frankfurt), the URL would be xy12345.eu-central-1.snowflakecomputing.com.
  • In East US 2, the URL would be xy12345.east-us-2.azure.snowflakecomputing.com.

Important

Virtual Private Snowflake (VPS) accounts do not utilize the same URL structure. If you have a VPS account and have questions about the URL for your account, please contact Snowflake Support.

United States (US) Regions

Snowflake maintains the following US regions by cloud platform, located in the following geographic areas:

Cloud Platform Snowflake Region
AWS US West (Oregon)
AWS US East (Virginia)
Microsoft Azure East US 2 (Virginia)

If latency is a concern, you should choose the available US region with the closest geographical proximity to your end users.

Note

In US regions, support hours (for Standard Edition) are 6:00am - 6:00pm Pacific Time (PST or PDT).

European Union (EU) Regions

Snowflake maintains two EU regions with AWS hosting, located in the following geographic areas:

  • EU (Dublin)
  • EU (Frankfurt)

These regions are provided for organizations that prefer or require their data to be stored in the European Union. Multiple regions are provided to allow organizations to meet their individual compliance and data sovereignty requirements. Snowflake does not move data between accounts, so any data in an account in the EU (Dublin) Region or EU (Frankfurt) Region will be maintained in this region only, unless explicitly copied or moved by users.

If latency is a concern, you should choose the available EU region with the closest geographical proximity to your end users; however, this may have cost implications, due to pricing differences between the regions. For more details, see the pricing page (in the Snowflake website).

Note

In EU regions, support hours (for Standard Edition) are 6:00am - 6:00pm Central Europe Time (CEST or CEDT).

Asia Pacific Region

Snowflake currently maintains a single Asia Pacific region with AWS hosting, AP (Sydney), geographically located in Eastern Australia.

This region is provided for organizations that prefer or require their data to be stored in the Asia Pacific part of the world. Snowflake does not move data between accounts, so any data in an account in AP (Sydney) will be maintained in this region only, unless explicitly copied or moved by users.

Note

In this region, support hours (for Standard Edition) are 6:00am - 6:00pm Australian Eastern Time (AEST or AEDT).