AWS Snowcone Documentation

AWS Snowcone is a small, rugged edge computing and data transfer device. You can use Snowcone to collect data, process it, and move it to the cloud. You can move data to AWS either offline by shipping the device, or online by using it with AWS DataSync, which is pre-installed in the device. Snowcone enables you to run edge workloads using Amazon EC2 computing, and local storage in harsh, disconnected field environments.

Ruggedized enclosure

AWS Snowcone is designed to meet stringent standards for ruggedization, including for free-fall shock, operational vibration, and more. It is designed to tolerate falls up to several feet. It is also designed to be both dust-tight when sealed and water resistant, including protection from water jets on all sides. The device has also been designed to operate in a wide temperature range, from freezing to desert-like conditions. When in storage or being shipped, Snowcone is designed to withstand even harsher temperatures.


AWS Snowcone is designed to encrypt data using keys that you manage using the AWS Key Management Service (KMS), helping you ensure that your data stays secure during device transit.

Anti-tamper & Tamper-evident

The AWS Snowcone device has a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) designed to provide a hardware root of trust. The TPM is also designed to provide interfaces to the trusted software stack during the measurements and verification of the boot environment integrity after the power is switched on and before the AWS Snowcone device is ready to be used. AWS also uses additional tamper inspection processes after each AWS Snowcone device is received back to the AWS Region.

Setup and management with AWS OpsHub

AWS OpsHub is an application for managing the AWS Snow Family devices, including AWS Snowcone. The OpsHub graphical user interface (GUI) enables you to set up and manage AWS Snowcone devices so you can rapidly deploy edge computing workloads and migrate data to the cloud – even when you don’t have an internet connection. With just a few clicks in OpsHub, you can unlock and configure a Snowcone, drag-and-drop data to it, launch applications, or monitor the device.

On-board computing

AWS Snowcone has computing resources to collect and process data with AWS services at the edge. It can run specific Amazon EC2 instances to help support your applications and AWS IoT Greengrass functions. During the ordering process, you can select the EC2 AMIs that you want to install on the device, including AMIs running IoT Greengrass. AWS will load the AMIs onto the device prior to shipping it to you.

Offline data transfer

AWS Snowcone can efficiently move data by physically shipping the device with your data to your specified AWS Region where data can be put into your specified Amazon S3 bucket.

Online data transfer with AWS DataSync

AWS DataSync comes pre-installed on AWS Snowcone to enable online data import or export between storage on Snowcone devices at edge locations and Amazon S3, Amazon EFS, or Amazon FSx for Windows File Server.

File-based storage

You can use Snowcone with your existing on-premises servers and file-based applications to read and write data on the device.

Wired and wireless networking

You can connect AWS Snowcone to wired or Wi-Fi networks.

Optional lightweight battery

For mobile applications where power plugs are inaccessible, AWS Snowcone can run on specified battery power. You can optionally order one or more battery packs that have been tested for use with Snowcone.

End-to-end tracking

AWS Snowcone uses an innovative, E Ink shipping label designed to direct the device to the correct AWS facility and also aids in tracking. Once you have completed your data transfer or edge computing job, it can be tracked via Amazon SNS, text messages, and the AWS Console.

Data erasure

Once the data transfer job has been processed, AWS performs steps designed to erase data stored on the AWS Snowcone device.

Additional Information

For additional information about service controls, security features and functionalities, including, as applicable, information about storing, retrieving, modifying, restricting, and deleting data, please see This additional information does not form part of the Documentation for purposes of the AWS Customer Agreement available at, or other agreement between you and AWS governing your use of AWS’s services.