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Connect to Snowflake Data as a Federated Tables in MySQL

Use the CData Cloud Hub to set up federated tables for Snowflake data in MySQL .

You can use the CData Cloud Hub to set up federated tables in MySQL for Snowflake data. The Cloud Hub provides a MySQL interface for Snowflake: After configuring a virtual MySQL database for Snowflake, you can create a server and tables using the FEDERATED Storage Engine in MySQL. You can then work with Snowflake data just as you would local MySQL tables.

The CData Cloud Hub provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for Snowflake, allowing you to easily query live Snowflake data alongside existing MySQL data — all without replicating the data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, the CData Cloud Hub pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to Snowflake, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return Snowflake data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Snowflake Data

CData Cloud Hub uses a straightforward, point-and-click interface to connect to data sources and generate APIs.

  1. Login to Cloud Hub and click Databases.
  2. Select "Snowflake" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Snowflake.

    To connect to Snowflake:

    1. Set User and Password to your Snowflake credentials and set the AuthScheme property to PASSWORD or OKTA.
    2. Set URL to the URL of the Snowflake instance (i.e.: https://myaccount.snowflakecomputing.com).
    3. Set Warehouse to the Snowflake warehouse.
    4. (Optional) Set Account to your Snowflake account if your URL does not conform to the format above.
    5. (Optional) Set Database and Schema to restrict the tables and views exposed.

    See the Getting Started guide in the CData driver documentation for more information.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

With the virtual database created, you are ready to connect to Snowflake data from any MySQL client.

Create a FEDERATED Server and Tables for Snowflake Data

After you have configured and started the service, create a FEDERATED server to simplify the process of creating FEDERATED tables:

Create a FEDERATED Server

The following statement will create a FEDERATED server based on the Cloud Hub. Note that the username and password of the FEDERATED server must match a user account you defined on the Cloud Hub.

CREATE SERVER fedSnowflake
FOREIGN DATA WRAPPER mysql
OPTIONS (USER 'cloud_hub_user', PASSWORD 'cloud_hub_passwd', HOST 'myinstance.cdatacloud.net', PORT 3306, DATABASE 'snowflakedb');

Create a FEDERATED Table

To create a FEDERATED table using our newly created server, use the CONNECTION keyword and pass the name of the FEDERATED server and the remote table (Products). Refer to the following template for the statement to create a FEDERATED table:

CREATE TABLE fed_products (
  ...,
  id  TYPE(LEN),
  productname  TYPE(LEN),
  ...,
)
ENGINE=FEDERATED
DEFAULT CHARSET=utf8
CONNECTION='fedSnowflake/Products';

NOTE: The table schema for the FEDERATED table must match the remote table schema exactly. You can always connect directly to the Cloud Hub using any MySQL client and run SHOW COLUMNS FROM Products to get the table schema.

Execute Queries

You can now execute queries to the Snowflake FEDERATED tables from any tool that can connect to MySQL, which is particularly useful if you need to JOIN data from a local table with data from Snowflake. Refer to the following example:

SELECT 
  fed_products.id, 
  local_table.custom_field 
FROM 
  local_table 
JOIN 
  fed_products 
ON 
  local_table.foreign_id = fed_products.id;