Posted On: Aug 11, 2021

AWS Snowball Edge (SBE) Storage Optimized devices now support high performance Network File System (NFS) data transfer operations. With this launch, customers can now transfer up to 80TBs of data onto Snowball Edge Storage Optimized devices through both file and object interfaces. The file interface exposes a Network File System (NFS) mount point for each bucket on your AWS Snowball Edge Storage Optimized device. After mounting the file share, you can drag and drop files from your computer into Amazon S3 buckets on the Snowball Edge device.

Prior to this launch, file interface data transfer speeds were typically between 25 MB/s and 40 MB/s. For faster data transfer or large data sets, customers had to use an S3 adapter for transferring the data which delivered data transfer rates between 250 MB/s and 400 MB/s. With the high performing NFS data transfer capability, you can get similar data transfer speeds as the S3 adapter now with the file interface on SBE devices.

To use this feature, place an order for a data import/export job and select a Snowball Edge Storage Optimized device in the AWS Snow Family management console. Next, select NFS in the data transfer mechanism option, and then select the appropriate S3 buckets for data transfer using NFS. Finally, select an S3 bucket that you can use in the field to load Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) to the SBE device.

The NFS data transfer feature is available for AWS Snowball Edge Storage Optimized devices ordered on or after 8/11/21, and this feature is available in all AWS Regions where AWS Snow Family is available and at no additional cost. To learn more, visit the AWS Snow Family documentation. Log into the AWS Snow Family console to get started.