Posted On: Nov 23, 2020

The AWS Snowball service is now available in the AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region. AWS Snowball, a member of the AWS Snow Family, is an edge computing, data migration, and edge storage device that comes in two options. Snowball Edge Storage Optimized devices provide 80 TB of Amazon S3 object storage and optional compute with 40 vCPUs. They are well suited for local storage and large-scale data transfer. Snowball Edge Compute Optimized devices provide 52 vCPUs, 7.68 TB of NVMe SSD storage, 42 TB of HDD storage, 256 GB of RAM, and an optional GPU for use cases like advanced machine learning and full motion video analysis in disconnected environments. You can use these devices for data collection, machine learning and processing, and storage in environments with intermittent connectivity (like manufacturing, industrial, and transportation) or in extremely remote locations (like military or maritime operations) before shipping the devices back to AWS. These devices may also be rack mounted and clustered together to build larger temporary installations.

You can use Snowball Edge devices for as few as 10 days for temporary deployments and you pay only for the number of days you use the device. For longer-term deployments, Snowball provides discounted 1-year and 3-year pricing. Access the AWS Region services list to see where AWS Snowball is available. To learn more, visit the AWS Snowball documentation and AWS Snowball product page.

Log into the AWS Snow Family console to get started.