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Snowflake integration for Grafana Cloud

Snowflake is a cloud data platform that is designed to connect businesses globally, across any type or scale of data and many different workloads, and unlock seamless data collaboration. The Snowflake integration uses the Grafana Agent to collect metrics for monitoring a Snowflake account, including aspects such as credit usage, storage usage, and login success rates. Accompanying dashboards are provided to visualize these metrics.

This integration supports metrics provided by v0.0.1 of the Snowflake exporter, which is integrated into the Grafana Agent.

This integration includes 6 useful alerts and 2 pre-built dashboards to help monitor and visualize Snowflake metrics.

Before you begin

In order to scrape Snowflake metrics, you must use a user configured with the ACCOUNTADMIN role, or a custom role that has access to the SNOWFLAKE.ACCOUNT_USAGE schema. See the Snowflake documentation for instructions on how to enable other roles to access the SNOWFLAKE.ACCOUNT_USAGE schema.

Install Snowflake integration for Grafana Cloud

  1. In your Grafana Cloud stack, click Connections in the left-hand menu.
  2. Find Snowflake and click its tile to open the integration.
  3. Review the prerequisites in the Configuration Details tab and set up Grafana Agent to send Snowflake metrics to your Grafana Cloud instance.
  4. Click Install to add this integration’s pre-built dashboards and alerts to your Grafana Cloud instance, and you can start monitoring your Snowflake setup.

Post-install configuration for the Snowflake integration

This integration is configured to work with the snowflake-prometheus-exporter, which is embedded in Grafana Agent.

Enable the integration by adding the provided snippet to your agent configuration file.

In the agent configuration file, you must provide account details and credentials to scrape snowflake, including the account_name (in the form of [organization]-[account], e.g. aaaaaaa-bb12345), username, password, warehouse, and role if the user is not configured with the ACCOUNTADMIN role.

By default, the scrape_interval is set to 30 minutes due to Snowflake’s large metric bucket time frames, but this interval may be reduced if desired.

For a full description of configuration options see how to configure the snowflake block in the agent documentation.

Configuration snippets for Grafana Agent

Below integrations, insert the following lines and change the URLs according to your environment:

yaml
  snowflake:
    enabled: true
    scrape_interval: 30m
    scrape_timeout: 1m
    scrape_integration: true
    account_name: "SNOWFLAKE_ACCOUNT"
    username: "SNOWFLAKE_USERNAME"
    password: "SNOWFLAKE_PASSWORD"
    warehouse: "SNOWFLAKE_WAREHOUSE"
    role: "ACCOUNTADMIN"
    relabel_configs:
    - replacement: '<your-instance-name>'
      target_label: instance

Full example configuration for Grafana Agent

Refer to the following Grafana Agent configuration for a complete example that contains all the snippets used for the Snowflake integration. This example also includes metrics that are sent to monitor your Grafana Agent instance.

yaml
integrations:
  prometheus_remote_write:
  - basic_auth:
      password: <your_prom_pass>
      username: <your_prom_user>
    url: <your_prom_url>
  agent:
    enabled: true
    relabel_configs:
    - action: replace
      source_labels:
      - agent_hostname
      target_label: instance
    - action: replace
      target_label: job
      replacement: "integrations/agent-check"
    metric_relabel_configs:
    - action: keep
      regex: (prometheus_target_sync_length_seconds_sum|prometheus_target_scrapes_.*|prometheus_target_interval.*|prometheus_sd_discovered_targets|agent_build.*|agent_wal_samples_appended_total|process_start_time_seconds)
      source_labels:
      - __name__
  # Add here any snippet that belongs to the `integrations` section.
  # For a correct indentation, paste snippets copied from Grafana Cloud at the beginning of the line.
  snowflake:
    enabled: true
    scrape_interval: 30m
    scrape_timeout: 1m
    scrape_integration: true
    account_name: "SNOWFLAKE_ACCOUNT"
    username: "SNOWFLAKE_USERNAME"
    password: "SNOWFLAKE_PASSWORD"
    warehouse: "SNOWFLAKE_WAREHOUSE"
    role: "ACCOUNTADMIN"
    relabel_configs:
    - replacement: '<your-instance-name>'
      target_label: instance
logs:
  configs:
  - clients:
    - basic_auth:
        password: <your_loki_pass>
        username: <your_loki_user>
      url: <your_loki_url>
    name: integrations
    positions:
      filename: /tmp/positions.yaml
    scrape_configs:
      # Add here any snippet that belongs to the `logs.configs.scrape_configs` section.
      # For a correct indentation, paste snippets copied from Grafana Cloud at the beginning of the line.
metrics:
  configs:
  - name: integrations
    remote_write:
    - basic_auth:
        password: <your_prom_pass>
        username: <your_prom_user>
      url: <your_prom_url>
    scrape_configs:
      # Add here any snippet that belongs to the `metrics.configs.scrape_configs` section.
      # For a correct indentation, paste snippets copied from Grafana Cloud at the beginning of the line.
  global:
    scrape_interval: 60s
  wal_directory: /tmp/grafana-agent-wal

Dashboards

The Snowflake integration installs the following dashboards in your Grafana Cloud instance to help monitor your system.

  • Snowflake data ownership
  • Snowflake overview

Snowflake overview dashboard (1/3).

Snowflake overview dashboard (1/3).

Snowflake overview dashboard (2/3).

Snowflake overview dashboard (2/3).

Snowflake overview dashboard (3/3).

Snowflake overview dashboard (3/3).

Alerts

The Snowflake integration includes the following useful alerts:

AlertDescription
SnowflakeWarnHighLoginFailuresWarning: Large login failure rate.
SnowflakeWarnHighComputeCreditUsageWarning: Compute credit usage is within 20% of the configured limit.
SnowflakeCriticalHighComputeCreditUsageCritical: Compute credit usage is over the configured limit.
SnowflakeWarnHighServiceCreditUsageWarning: Cloud services credit usage is within 20% of the configured limit.
SnowflakeCriticalHighServiceCreditUsageCritical: Compute credit usage is over the configured limit.
SnowflakeDownWarning: Snowflake exporter failed to scrape.

Metrics

The most important metrics provided by the Snowflake integration, which are used on the pre-built dashboards and Prometheus alerts, are as follows:

  • snowflake_auto_clustering_credits
  • snowflake_failed_login_rate
  • snowflake_failsafe_bytes
  • snowflake_login_rate
  • snowflake_stage_bytes
  • snowflake_storage_bytes
  • snowflake_successful_login_rate
  • snowflake_table_active_bytes
  • snowflake_table_clone_bytes
  • snowflake_table_failsafe_bytes
  • snowflake_table_time_travel_bytes
  • snowflake_up
  • snowflake_used_cloud_services_credits
  • snowflake_used_compute_credits
  • snowflake_warehouse_blocked_queries
  • snowflake_warehouse_executed_queries
  • snowflake_warehouse_overloaded_queue_size
  • snowflake_warehouse_provisioning_queue_size
  • snowflake_warehouse_used_cloud_service_credits
  • snowflake_warehouse_used_compute_credits

Changelog

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# 0.0.2 - September 2023

* New Filter Metrics option for configuring the Grafana Agent, which saves on metrics cost by dropping any metric not used by this integration. Beware that anything custom built using metrics that are not on the snippet will stop working.
* New hostname relabel option, which applies the instance name you write on the text box to the Grafana Agent configuration snippets, making it easier and less error prone to configure this mandatory label.

# 0.0.1 - January 2023

* Initial release

Cost

By connecting your Snowflake instance to Grafana Cloud, you might incur charges. To view information on the number of active series that your Grafana Cloud account uses for metrics included in each Cloud tier, see Active series and dpm usage and Cloud tier pricing.