Q: What is the AWS Snow family?

The AWS Snow family are physical devices that help migrate large amounts of data into and out of the cloud without depending on networks. This helps you apply the wide variety of AWS services for analytics, file systems and archives to your data. Snowball is a suitcase-sized device, Snowball Edge is a rack mountable and clusterable suitcase sized device with compute capabilties, and Snowmobile is a shipping container moved with a tractor-trailer. These services can assist with data migration, disaster recovery, data center shutdown and remote data collection projects.

Q: What are some example use cases?

You can use AWS Snow family services for data transfer and occasional pre-processing on location. Some large data transfer examples include cloud migration, disaster recovery, data center relocation, and/or remote data collection projects. These projects typically require you to migrate large amounts of data in the shortest, and most cost-effective, amount of time.

Some example use cases for Snowball Edge computing capabilties include IoT sensor stream capture, on-the-fly media transcoding, image compression, aggregating metrics, and control signaling and alarming.

Q: Why do I need this service?

It can take a long time to transfer large amounts of data over the wire, and some locations don't have any connectivity at all. The Snow family helps expedite data transfers in a more secure and cost-effective way. Each service has a pre-set capacity level to make it easy to choose. Snowball Edge further helps bring computing applications closer to the data source to enhance analysis and deliver real-time results.

Q: Which Snow family service is best for me?

Th Snow family comes in multiple capacities and form factors to fit most data migration and/or remote data collection projects. First determine a capacity point then evaluate your need for on-site computing capabilities.

Please refer to the comparison table for more details.

Q: How quickly can I migrate data?

The Snowball and Snowball Edge services can typically transfer up to 100TBs in about a week. Snowmobile can transfer data at a rate of up to 1TB/s, which means 100PBs can be loaded in just a few weeks. In comparison, a dedicated T3 line at 50Mb/s takes years.

Q: How do I choose between Snow family and other AWS data migration services?

AWS Storage Gateway and Direct Connect services are good choices when network bandwidth limitations do not exist. For the most efficient means of data transfer, whether connected to a network or not, the Snow family of services provides good choices as well. Amazon offers a variety of tools to help you move data via networks, roads, and technology partners. See the pages below to find out which service is best for you.

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Q: What AWS Regions are supported?

Snow family services are available for use in specific AWS regions. To discuss data transfer needs specific for your region, please follow up with AWS Sales, or see the Regional Service Availability pages, for more information.

Learn more about AWS Snow family

Visit the Snow family page