AWS Snowmobile Documentation

AWS Snowmobile is a large-scale data transfer service that can be used to move large amounts of data to AWS. You can transfer up to 100PB per Snowmobile, a ruggedized shipping container pulled by a semi-trailer truck. Snowmobile is designed to make it easy to move high volumes of data to the cloud in a fast and cost-effective manner.
After an initial assessment, a Snowmobile can be transported to your data center and configured so that it can be accessed as a network storage target. When your Snowmobile is on site, AWS personnel will work with your team to help connect a removable, high-speed network switch from Snowmobile to your local network so that you can begin your high-speed data transfer from sources within your data center to the Snowmobile. After your data is loaded, Snowmobile is driven back to AWS where your data can be imported into Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).
Snowmobile uses multiple layers of security measures designed to help protect your data including security personnel, GPS tracking, alarm monitoring, video surveillance, and an optional escort security vehicle while in transit. Data can be encrypted with encryption keys you manage through the AWS Key Management Service (KMS). Snowmobile is designed to be tamper-resistant, water-resistant and temperature controlled. The data container is operated by AWS personnel and physical access is designed to be limited via security access hardware controls.

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.