Posted On: Nov 4, 2021
The AWS Snowcone solid state drive (SSD) is now available in the US East (Ohio), US West (San Francisco), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney) and AWS Asia Pacific (Tokyo) regions adding to our growing list of regions already offering Snowcone SSD including, EU (Frankfurt), EU (Ireland), US East (N. Virginia), and US West (Oregon). AWS Snowcone is the smallest member of the AWS Snow Family of edge computing, edge storage, and data transfer devices. Snowcone is available in both hard disk drive (HDD) and solid state drive (SSD). Both device models are portable, rugged, and secure – small and light enough to fit in a backpack, and are able to withstand harsh environments. Customers use Snowcones 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 and data migrations. With 2 CPUs, 4 GB of memory, 8 TB of usable storage on Snowcone HDD, 14 TB of usable storage on Snowcone SSD, and wired networking, Snowcone runs edge computing workloads with select Amazon EC2 instances or AWS IoT Greengrass to migrate data to AWS. Snowcone is small, approximately 9 inches x 6 inches x 3 inches, weighs 4.5 pounds (lbs.), and supports operation via battery for mobility.
To setup and manage Snowcone devices, 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. AWS 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.