Semi-structured Data

Data can come in multiple forms from numerous sources, including an ever-expanding amount of machine-generated data from applications, sensors, mobile devices, etc. To support these new types of data, semi-structured data formats, such as JSON, Avro, ORC, Parquet, and XML, with their support for flexible schemas, have become popular standards for transporting and storing data.

Snowflake provides native support for semi-structured data, including:

  • Flexible-schema data types for loading semi-structured data without transformation.

  • Automatic conversion of data to optimized internal storage format.

  • Database optimization for fast and efficient SQL querying.

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