AWS Snow Family

Move petabytes of data to and from AWS, or process data at the edge

Purpose-built devices to cost effectively move petabytes of data, offline. Lease a Snow device to move your data to the cloud.

Field-tested for the most extreme conditions, delivering high security and ruggedization into compute and storage-compatible devices.

Device options range to optimize for space- or weight-constrained environments, portability, and flexible networking options.

AWS Snow Family key features

Each feature listed below are standard features across each device type. To learn more about AWS Snowcone or AWS Snowball device specificiations unquie to each device type, visit their feature pages.

AWS Snow Family key features

Each feature listed below are standard features across each device type. To learn more about AWS Snowcone or AWS Snowball device specificiations unique to each device type, visit their feature pages.

On-board computing

Snow Family devices have computing resources to collect and process data at the edge. Devices run specific Amazon EC2 instances with processing and storage available to support your applications and AWS IoT Greengrass functions.

End-to-end tracking

Each device uses an E-Ink shipping label for easy tracking and automatic label updates for return shipping using Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS), text messages, and via the AWS Console.

Simple management and monitoring

AWS OpsHub is a complimentary graphical user interface (GUI) available to makes it easy to setup and manage Snow devices. Rapidly deploy edge computing workloads and migrate data to the cloud. Download AWS OpsHub here.


All data moved to AWS Snow Family devices is automatically encrypted with 256-bit encryption keys that are managed by the AWS Key Management Service (KMS). Encryption keys are never stored on the device so your data stays secure during transit.

Secure erasure

Once the data migration job is complete and verified, AWS performs a software erasure of the device that follows the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) guidelines for media sanitization.

NFS endpoint

Applications can work with Snow Family devices as an NFS mount point. NFS v3 and v4.1 are supported so you can easily use Snow devices with your existing on-premises servers and file-based applications.

Anti-tamper & Tamper-evident

AWS Snow devices feature a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) that provides a hardware root of trust. Each device is inspected after each use to ensure the integrity of the device and helps preserve the confidentiality of your data.

AWS Snow Family service models

AWS Snowcone

AWS Snowcone is the most compact and portable device. Weighing in at 4.5 pounds (2.1 kg) and available with SSD or HDD options, Snowcone is ruggedized, secure, and purpose-built for use outside of a traditional data center.

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AWS Snowball

AWS Snowball is available as a Compute Optimized device or a Storage Optimized device. Explore the options best suited for your needs. All devices are suited for extreme conditions, tamper proof, and highly secure.

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AWS Snowmobile

AWS Snowmobile is an Exabyte-scale data migration device used to move extremely large amounts of data to AWS. Migrate up to 100PB in a 45-foot long ruggedized shipping container, pulled by a semi-trailer truck.

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Feature comparison matrix

  AWS Snowcone AWS Snowball Edge Storage Optimized

AWS Snowball Edge Compute Optimized

AWS Snowmobile
Usable HDD Storage 8 TB 80 TB 42 TB 100 PB
Usable SSD Storage 14 TB 1 TB 7.68 TB No
Usable vCPUs 4 vCPUs 40 vCPUs 52 vCPUs N/A
Usable Memory 4 GB  80 GB 208 GB N/A
Device Size 9in x 6in x 3in 548 mm x 320 mm x 501 mm 548 mm x 320 mm x 501 mm 45 ft. shipping container
227 mm x 148.6 mm x 82.65 mm
Device Weight 4.5 lbs. (2.1 kg) 49.7 lbs. (22.3 kg) 49.7 lbs. (22.3 kg) N/A
Storage Clustering No Yes, 5-10 nodes Yes, 5-10 nodes N/A
256-bit Encryption Yes Yes Yes Yes
HIPAA Compliant No Yes, eligible Yes, eligible Yes, eligible
Learn more by visiting the AWS Snow Family documentation »

How to get started

Explore AWS Snowcone

Learn more about AWS Snowcone and decide if this portable, compact device is best for you.

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Explore AWS Snowball

Learn more about AWS Snowball and the device options for your storage or compute needs.

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