Snowflake DB Engine of the year 2 years in a row

Snowflake rated DB engine of the year & jumped from 17th most popular to 11th. From under a 3 rating in to over 117 on this scale in 2 years. Up 40 points in one year. Was ranked 30th overall in 2021.


Interesting statistics. Thanks!

Regarding ranking and “popularity”, I believe it’s important to add a note about the methodology used. (Available here).

Basically, they’re using metrics such as number of tweets that mention the term/system, frequency of web searches (via Google Trends), number of search results on Google and Bing, number of LinkedIn profiles mentioning the system and so on, and derive a relative score based on the average of the evaluation criteria.

So, it can be difficult to interpret this combined score.

Note the sudden jump in September 2020, seemingly coinciding with Snowflake’s IPO. Snowflake is now ranked right beside SQLite, a simple database found everywhere and used for just about anything. In other words, “popular” is based on a scoring system, and does not imply use or installed base.

That said, by narrowing our selection we can take a closer look at the trend:

(The black line is Amazon Redshift. Ranking trends available here)

With the caveat that we don’t see the individual components behind the score and need to be careful in our interpretation, it does look inspiring. Especially when focusing on 2022 and forward.


FinallyFoolin, It would be helpful if you gave a source for a statistic like that.

Here’s one from db-engines

Snowflake is the DBMS of the Year 2022, defending the title from last year

by Matthias Gelbmann, Paul Andlinger, 3 January 2023
Tags: DBMS of the year, Google BigQuery, PostgreSQL, Snowflake

Snowflake is the database management system that gained more popularity in our DB-Engines Ranking within the last year than any of the other 402 monitored systems.

We thus declare Snowflake as the DBMS of the Year 2022.

For determining the DBMS of the year, we subtracted the popularity scores of January 2022 from the latest scores of January 2023. We use the difference of these numbers, rather than a percentage, because that would favor systems with a tiny popularity at the beginning of the year. The result is a list of DBMSs sorted by how much they managed to increase their popularity in 2022, or in other words, how many additional people started to communicate about it in one of the ways we measure in our methodology, for example job offers, professional profile entries and citations on the web.