Thursday 27 December 2018

AWS Data Transport Solution: Snowball, Snowball Edge and Snowmobile (Data Truck)

It can cost thousands of dollars to transfer 100 terabytes of data using high-speed Internet. The same 100 terabytes of data can be transferred using two Snowball devices for as little as one-fifth the cost of using the Internet. For example, 100 terabytes of data will take more than 100 days to transfer over a dedicated 1 Gbps connection. That same transfer can be accomplished in less than one week, plus shipping time, using two Snowball devices.

Below are some basic points to remember about Snowball: 

1. Snowball is a petabyte-scale data transport solution to transfer large amounts of data into and out of the AWS Cloud. Even with high-speed Internet connections, it can take months to transfer large amounts of data. 

2. One snowball can contain approx. 50 TB of data.

3. With Snowball, you don’t need to write any code or purchase any hardware to transfer your data. Create a job in the AWS Management Console ("Console") and a Snowball device will be automatically shipped to you. Once it arrives, attach the device to your local network, download and run the Snowball Client ("Client") to establish a connection, and then use the Client to select the file directories that you want to transfer to the device. The Client will then encrypt and transfer the files to the device at high speed. Once the transfer is complete and the device is ready to be returned, the E Ink shipping label will automatically update and you can track the job status via Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS), text messages, or directly in the Console.

4. Snowball Edge: 100 TB (storage as well as compute functionality). Local compute equivalent to EC2 (m4.large) instance.

5. Snowmobile: Data-truck with storage up to 100 PB.

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