Posted On: Sep 30, 2021
AWS Snowcone is now available in solid state drives (SSD) with 14TB storage capacity. AWS Snowcone is the smallest AWS Snow Family device equipped to handle edge computing, edge storage, and data transfers. With this launch, AWS Snowcone is now available in both hard disk drive (HDD) and solid state drive (SSD). Snowcone SSD has the same motherboard and industrial design as Snowcone, but Snowcone SSD will enable new data transfer and edge computing use cases that require 1) higher throughput performance 2) stronger vibration resistance operation 3) expanded durability and, 4) increased storage capacity (14TB Snowcone SSD vs. 8TB in Snowcone).
Like Snowcone, Snowcone SSD is also a portable and rugged device built with the security of your data in mind. It is compact enough to fit in a backpack and designed to withstand harsh environments. Customers can deploy a Snowcone device at the rugged edge or directly mount the device on autonomous vehicles (AV) to collect data, process it locally, and migrate it to AWS. With Snowcone and Snowcone SSD, data can be transferred either offline by shipping the device directly to AWS, or online by using AWS DataSync, pre-installed on all Snowcone devices, to send the data to AWS over the network.
Rugged edge locations often lack the space, power, and cooling needed for data center IT equipment to run applications. With 2 vCPUs, 4 GB of memory, 14 TB of usable SSD storage, and wired networking, Snowcone SSD runs edge computing workloads with select Amazon EC2 instances or AWS IoT Greengrass. Snowcone SSD is small, approximately 9 inches x 6 inches x 3 inches, weighs 4 lbs., and supports an optional battery for extended mobility.
To setup and manage Snowcone SSD, 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, as well as between AWS Storage services.