Organizations are increasingly managing infrastructure that is not located in a data center, such as connected equipment in a factory or on a field, or medical devices in a hospital or a patient’s home. This “off-premises” infrastructure, including all types of IoT devices, brings new challenges to hybrid environments. While customers can use AWS IoT to connect billions of devices and process, analyze, and act on the data they generate, there are some circumstances when relying exclusively on the cloud isn’t optimal due to latency or intermittent connectivity.

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AWS Snowball Edge is a 100TB data transfer device with on-board storage and compute capabilities, accessible through the familar interfaces you use with existing workflows. You can use it to move large amounts of data into and out of AWS, as a temporary storage tier for large local datasets, or to support independent local workloads in remote locations.


Applications can work with Snowball Edge as an S3-compatible endpoint accessed through the S3 SDK or CLI. The S3-compatible endpoint supports the PUT, Multipart PUT, GET, DELETE, LIST, and HEAD operations.


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


You can cluster multiple Snowball Edge devices to create a local storage tier with increased durability for your on-premises applications. When you order a Snowball Edge, the management console gives you the option to add it to an existing cluster or to create a new cluster when it joins your network. As storage requirements scale up and down, devices can be easily added or removed from your cluster(s) and returned to AWS.


When you place your Snowball Edge order you can configure it with your AWS Lambda code. That lets you process data on the Snowball Edge, so you can collect and analyze sensor data streams, transcode multi-media content, or compress images in real-time or before transferring those data sets to AWS.


Snowball Edge includes a 10GBase-T network connection, 10/25Gb SFP28 and 40Gb QSFP+ copper and optical networking for fast data transfer to the device. All encryption is performed on the device itself, helping enable a higher data throughput rate and shorter data transfer times.


Snowball Edge encrypts all data with 256-bit encryption. You manage your encryption keys by using the AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS). Your keys are never stored on the device and all memory on a Snowball is erased when it is disconnected and to be returned to AWS.


Snowball Edge includes a ruggedized case designed to be durable, portable and rack-mountable. The Snowball Edge device weighs less than 50 pounds and can be lifted and moved by a single person.


The Snowball Edge device is equipped with tamper-resistant seals and includes built-in Trusted Platform Modules (TPM) with dedicated processors designed to detect any unauthorized modifications to the hardware, firmware, or software. AWS inspects every device for any signs of tampering and to verify that no changes were detected by the TPM.


Snowball Edge uses an innovative E Ink shipping label designed to ensure that the device is automatically sent to the correct AWS facility. Once you have completed your data transfer job, it can be tracked via Amazon SNS generated text or email messages, and the Console.


Once the data transfer job has been processed and verified, AWS performs a software erasure of the Snowball Edge device that follows the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) guidelines for media sanitization. 


This re:Invent 2017 (STG204) tech session covers how to move large volumes of data from onsite to the cloud. It includes a 10-minute overview of the Snow Family of transport services, and a number of other options to migrate data to the cloud.

Video recording of re:Invent 2017 technical session on Migrating Large Data Sets to the Cloud (STG204) - For Snowball, Snowball Edge and Snowmobile