Snowball Edge key features
AWS Snowball Edge is a 100-TB ruggedized device built to transfer data into and out of AWS with optional support for local Lambda-based compute functions and EC2-based applications directly on the device. This helps customers use their own applications to collect and process data at locations with limited or nonexistent network connections before shipping the data back to AWS.
Mining, energy, military, healthcare, retail, and manufacturing customers have data collection and migration requirements in remote and distributed locations where computing resources are limited, network connections are unreliable, computing environments are harsh, and IT support is not available. AWS Snowball Edge works with or without the Internet, does not need a dedicated IT operator, and is designed to be used in remote environments. AWS Snowball Edge helps customers scrub and process data using their own applications locally before physically shipping that data back to AWS, making it easier to collect, process, and migrate data for use cases such as factory floors or point-of-sale billing applications.
Fast data transfer
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.
Local computing tasks in remote locations
Many customers who collect data in remote or disconnected sites ship that data back to AWS for processing. However, some applications are sensitive to this latency and perform better when run locally, such as IoT sensor analysis. Other applications must continue operating even if the network is lost, such as in a hospital or on a manufacturing floor. Still other customers collect and analyze data in remote sites with limited or no IT support, such as a ship, mine, or wind farm. AWS Snowball Edge supports both AWS Lambda functions and EC2-based applications deployed in these remote and distributed locations.
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.
Applications can work with Snowball Edge as an S3-compatible endpoint accessed through the S3 SDK or CLI. For specific information, see the API documentation.
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.
All data transferred to Snowball Edge is automatically encrypted with 256-bit encryption keys that are managed by the AWS Key Management Service (KMS). The encryption keys are never stored on the device to help ensure your data stays secure during transit.
Rugged and portable
Snowball Edge includes a ruggedized case designed to be both durable and portable. The Snowball Edge device weighs less than 50 pounds and can be moved by a single person.
The Snowball Edge device is equipped with tamper-evident seals and includes a built-in Trusted Platform Module (TPM) that uses a dedicated processor 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 the device is automatically sent to the correct AWS facility and also aids in tracking. Once you have completed your data transfer job, it can be tracked via Amazon SNS, text 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.
Check this Snowball Edge documentation page for the complete list of hardware specs, including interfaces, thermal and power requirements, decibel output, and dimensions.