Snowflake has announced plans to bring Python "to the forefront" of its Data Cloud platform with updates that expand support for the programming language.
At its annual user conference, Snowflake Summit, the database company announced an extension to its Snowpark development framework that will give users easy access to a host of open source Python packages and libraries.
Now moving from private beta to public preview, Snowpark for Python promises to "improve programmability for data scientists, data engineers, and application developers," says Snowflake.
Snow Park for Python
Snowflake first previewed Snowpark in January 2021, before pushing the general availability of the service earlier this year. Basically, the goal was to give developers an easy and efficient way to program data in the language of their choice.
"Our goal was to eliminate inefficient data pipelines and streamline processes and tasks that businesses could use just to get everyone on the same (data) page," the company said at the time of the launch.
“Ultimately, Snowpark enables teams with different skill sets to collaborate and work on the same data, process data faster and easier, and make data security and governance a top priority.”
When it was first released, Snowpark sandbox only supported Java and Scala, but the latest update now brings another of the world's most popular programming languages to the fore.
To complete the release of Snowpark for Python, Snowflake has also lifted the lid on a number of related updates in development. These include native integration with Streamlit and other facilities designed to support the development and deployment of machine learning products written in Python.
Separately, the company announced a private preview of a new service that will allow customers to access data stored on local servers from within the Snowflake ecosystem, giving organizations the benefits of the cloud-based platform without the hassle of data. migration.
"We're investing in Python to make it even easier for data scientists, data engineers, and application developers to build in the data cloud, without compromising governance," said Christian Kleinerman, senior vice president of products at Snowflake.
“Our latest innovations increase the value of our customers' data-driven ecosystems, giving them more access to data and new watts to grow with Snowflake. [These capabilities] change the way teams experience, iterate, and collaborate with data to create value.”
Disclaimer: Our flights and accommodations for Snowflake Summit 2022 were funded by Snowflake, but the organization had no editorial control over the content of this article.