Loading data from Snowflake

On this page, we'll explain you how to add a Snowflake data source and create a loading job using it to synchronize your source with your SlicingDice's databases.

Whitelist SlicingDice's IPs

If your Snowflake database has network policies configured, you'll need to whitelist the SlicingDice's Data Loading IP addresses. To whitelist our IPs, follow the steps below.

How to whitelist our Data Loading IPs in Snowflake

  • Log in your Snowflake instance and select a role that has permission to create network policies, like ACCOUNTADMIN or SECURITYADMIN roles.
  • Click on the "Account" icon on the top header, then click on Policies.
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  • Create a new Network Policy by clicking on the "Create" option.
  • Insert a name and our IP addresses on the "Allowed IP Addresses", separated by commas. , , ,

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  • Click on the "Finish" button
  • Select your new Network Policy and check if everithing is ok.

    You'll see a list of Allowed IP Addresses and Blocked IP Addresses, if any exists

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  • Click on "Activate..." option to enable your Network Policy.

    You'll receive a success message and now your Network Policy will have a label called "Active" after activation.

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    Now SlicingDice's Data Loading Module will be able to access your Snowflake databases as soon as you create a data source on SlicingDice. This is what we'll do next!

Add a Snowflake Data Source

Before adding your Snowflake data source on SlicingDice, you need to be logged in our Control Panel. Then, you need to go to the Data Sources page so we can start our tutorial.

How to add a Snowflake data source on SlicingDice

Before creating your data source you need to have the following information in order to connect to your Snowflake databases:
- The hostname where your Snowflake instance is running;
- Your Snowflake username and password
- Your database name
- Your Snowflake warehouse name

Now let's start creating your data source just clicking on the Create new data source button on SlicingDice's Data Source section

  • Data Source setup

    The first step is the configuration of your data source identification on SlicingDice. The following screen shows step 1.

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    Three fields will appear. Each field function is described at the table below.

    Field Description
    Data Source Name The name of your data source. Can be edited at any time. Mandatory
    Data Source Labels/Tags Labels/tags you might want to associate to a source, in order to organize your sources. Can be edited at any time. Optional
    Data Source Description The description of your data source. Can be edited at any time. Optional

    When ready, click on the Save & Continue button to go to Step 2.

  • Data Source Details

    Below you can see an example of the information and credentials that you should provide so SlicingDice can be able to connect to your Snowflake database.

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    Field Description
    Data Source Type The type of data source. In this case we're using Snowflake.
    Host The Snowflake host. The access URL without HTTPS.
    Username The username to log in to Snowflake
    Password The username's password to log in to Snowflake
    Database The database that will be loaded into SlicingDice
    Warehouse The name of your virtual warehouse.

    You can test the connection by clicking on the Test Connection button. If everything goes ok you'll see a success message.

    Now you can go to the next step clicking on Save & Continue

  • Confirmation

    Here you'll see a summary of the configurations defined for this data source before you finally create it.

    The following image shows an example of a confirmation screen, which the name of the data source is drinks .

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    If everything is ok, click on the Submit button and then you'll receive a success creation message.

    Now you'll be able to find your new data source at the data sources list as you can see in the following image.

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    That's it! The next step is to load your Snowflake data into SlicingDice creating a loading job.

Add a new loading job using Snowflake sources

Now all the connection configuration with your Snowflake source is completed, so the next step is just to create and execute a loading job using this Snowflake Data Source you've configured on SlicingDice.

Here are the creation jobs tutorials for each type of loading job. Choose the most helpful for your use case:

  • One-time loading job: The one-time loading job loads your data once, needing manual intervention to execute it. This loading job type is useful if you don't update your data frequently.
  • Manual incremental loading job: The manual incremental loading job loads your data on-demand when new data needs to be inserted in SlicingDice. You need to manually start this loading job.
    Differently from an one-time loading job, only new rows will be inserted in the database. Your dataset needs to have a timestamp column in order to use this loading job type.
  • Automatic loading job: The automatic loading job loads your data frequently, specified by a predetermined time interval. You don't need to manually start this loading job, as it executes automatically.
    Your dataset needs to have a timestamp column in order to use this loading job type.