Posted On: Jun 17, 2020
AWS Snowcone is the smallest member of the AWS Snow Family of edge computing and data transfer devices. Snowcone is portable, rugged, and secure – small and light enough to fit in a backpack, and able to withstand harsh environments. Customers use Snowcone to deploy applications at the edge, and to collect data, process it locally, and move it to AWS either offline (by shipping the device to AWS) or online (by using AWS DataSync on Snowcone to send the data to AWS over the network).
Edge locations often lack the space, power, and cooling needed for data center IT equipment to run applications. With 2 CPUs, 4 GB of memory, 8 TB of usable storage, and Wi-Fi or wired networking, Snowcone runs edge computing workloads with select Amazon EC2 instances or AWS IoT Greengrass. Snowcone is small, approximately 9 inches x 6 inches x 3 inches, weighs 4.5 lbs., and supports operation via battery for mobility.
To setup and manage Snowcone, you can use AWS OpsHub, a graphical user interface that enables you to rapidly deploy edge computing workloads and simplify data migration to the cloud. DataSync comes pre-installed on the device to move data online to and from Amazon S3, Amazon EFS, or Amazon FSx for Windows File Server.