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Bluesky launches Snowflake innovation to optimise workloads
Thu, 15th Sep 2022
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Bluesky has formally launched with its first product that provides greater visibility into Snowflake workload usage and costs, as well as actionable insights and workload specific recommendations for maximum optimisation.

Modern cloud-based data systems like Snowflake have helped data teams find insights with novel techniques, but existing tools make efficient management of data at scale challenging. Manual tuning is complex and time-consuming while homegrown tools divert resources and attention from data teams busy keeping up with the scale and pace of the businesses they serve.

Bluesky co-founders Mingsheng Hong (CEO) and Zheng Shao (CTO) used their experience in building global scale data systems at Google and Uber to ensure Bluesky goes beyond cost visibility to provide insights into how data is being used and the wider implications.

Mingsheng Hong, Co-Founder and CEO of Bluesky, says, "Bluesky understands how patterns across the whole data fleet combine to add value or waste money. We're able to clearly explain how to achieve the business value our customers are looking for.

"Bluesky's intelligent monitoring ensures our recommendations stay relevant as our customers innovate with data. With Bluesky, customers can make informed decisions with confidence, now and in the future."

Bluesky provides high-value, actionable insights, driven by intelligent automation that understands the data-specific challenge of workload optimisation and cost governance. The company analyses query workloads to detect similar groupings, using technology it calls query patterns.

By intelligently watching for similar query patterns, Bluesky can detect complex situations that simplistic visibility tools miss. Bluesky can suggest high-impact tuning options for valuable workloads, increasing efficiency while also looking out for clear savings hiding inside the noise of regular operations, such as long-running queries that fail repeatedly without providing any value.

Tuning data layouts and warehouse settings is complex, particularly at scale. Bluesky's smart workload analysis looks at the impact of warehouse idle time, instance startup time, cache warmup duration, and other parameters to provide recommendations specific to each organisation, not generic rules-of-thumb.

Data teams can skip the manual trial-and-error process of tuning and use Bluesky's automation to find optimal data layouts and warehouse settings, letting them focus on generating business value from data.

Bradley Shimmin, Chief Analyst, AI Platforms, Analytics and Data Management, says, "As many enterprise practitioners have discovered, moving analytical data to the cloud opens up a host of opportunities to put data to work with greater ease and greater efficiency.

"However, with greater access to powerful cloud-native functionality such as immediate and automated resource provisioning, comes the even greater responsibility to understand, control and optimise the incredibly complex dance of underlying resources that underpin even the simplest of tasks, beginning with the execution of a set of SQL queries together constituting a business task, as we see with Bluesky and Snowflake together."

Bluesky has also announced that it has raised $8.8 million in seed funding. The round was led by Greylock with participation from angels Ashish Thusoo (co-founder of Qubole), Jeff Hammerbacher (co-founder of Cloudera) and Johannes Gehrke (Microsoft Redmond research director).

Jerry Chen, Partner at Greylock Partners, says, "The dual trends of increasing enterprise cloud consumption and vast data scale provide a huge opportunity for Bluesky. Enterprises gain enormous value from data clouds already, but the market is still in its infancy. As enterprises expand and mature their use of data clouds, they will increasingly need products like Bluesky to assist their data teams to manage complexity and scale, just as we’ve seen in other markets.

"Bluesky has already moved beyond simple visibility tooling to provide the intelligent monitoring and smart tuning recommendations more advanced enterprises need. Bluesky is well positioned to capture a substantial portion of the value in this growing market, and were excited to see the team continue to execute on their vision."

Bluesky states the company plans to use the funding to expand its offerings for Snowflake users and to span other cloud-based data systems.