AWS Snowcone is a small, rugged, and secure edge computing and data transfer device. Like AWS Snowball, you can use Snowcone to collect data, process it, and move it to the cloud. AWS Snowball is designed to the OSHA standard for a one-person liftable device, is rack-mountable and can be checked as luggage on an airline. Snowcone is designed for maximum portability, and it can fit inside a standard mailbox, and it is light enough to be carried and delivered by a drone. You can move data to AWS either offline by shipping the device, or online by using it with AWS DataSync, which is pre-installed in the device. Snowcone enables you to run edge workloads using Amazon EC2 computing, AWS IoT Greengrass, and local storage in harsh, disconnected field environments such as oil rigs, search and rescue vehicles, military sites, or factory floors, as well as remote offices, hospitals, and movie theaters.
Small and light
AWS Snowcone weighs about 4.5 lbs. (2.1 kg) and is roughly the size of a tissue box, approximately 9 inches long, 6 inches wide, and 3 inches tall (8.94” x 5.85” x 3.25” / 227 mm x 148.6 mm x 82.65 mm). In comparison, AWS Snowball weighs about 49.7 lbs., is 28.3 inches long, 10.6 inches wide, and 15.5 inches tall.
AWS Snowcone is designed to meet stringent standards for ruggedization, including ISTA-3A, ASTM D4169, and MIL-STD-810G for free-fall shock, operational vibration, and more. It is designed to tolerate falls up to up to 3.8 feet (1.15 meters). It also meets the IP65 International Protection Marking IEC standard, meaning it is both dust-tight – allowing no dust inside the enclosure when sealed – and water resistant, including protection from water jets on all sides. The device has a wide operating temperature range from freezing (0ºC/32ºF) to desert-like conditions (38ºC/100ºF). When in storage or being shipped, Snowcone withstands even harsher temperatures (-32ºC/-25.6ºF to 63ºC/145.4ºF).
Like other AWS Snow Family products, all data on AWS Snowcone is always automatically encrypted using 256-bit keys that you manage by using the AWS Key Management Service (KMS). Encryption keys are never stored on the device. This helps ensure that your data stays secure during device transit.
Anti-tamper & Tamper-evident
The AWS Snowcone device has a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) that provides a hardware root of trust. The TPM also provides interfaces to the trusted software stack during the measurements and verification of the boot environment integrity after the power is switched on and before the AWS Snowcone device is ready to be used. AWS also uses additional tamper-indicating inspection processes after each AWS Snowcone device is received back to the AWS Region. This helps to ensure the integrity of the AWS Snowcone device, and with the Snowcone service’s encryption features, it helps preserve the confidentiality of your data.
Easy setup and management with AWS OpsHub
AWS OpsHub is an application for managing the AWS Snow Family devices, including AWS Snowcone. The OpsHub graphical user interface (GUI) makes it easy to setup and manage AWS Snowcone devices so you can rapidly deploy edge computing workloads and migrate data to the cloud – even when you don’t have an internet connection. With just a few clicks in OpsHub, you can unlock and configure a Snowcone, drag-and-drop data to it, launch applications, or monitor the device. Download AWS OpsHub here and install it on Windows, Mac, or Linux client machines, such as a laptop. There is no cost to use OpsHub. For more information, refer to the AWS OpsHub documentation.
AWS Snowcone has computing resources to collect and process data with AWS services at the edge. It runs specific Amazon EC2 instances with 2 available CPUs and 4 GB of available memory to support your applications and AWS IoT Greengrass functions. During the ordering process, you can select your EC2 AMIs that you want to install on the device, including AMIs running IoT Greengrass. AWS will load the AMIs onto the device and ship it to you.
Offline data transfer
Like any Snow Family device, AWS Snowcone can efficiently move data by physically shipping the device with your data to your specified AWS Region where data will be put into your specified Amazon S3 bucket. Offline data export from your S3 bucket feature is arriving soon on Snowcone. S3 buckets where data will be imported are setup before you order the device.
Online data transfer with AWS DataSync
AWS DataSync comes pre-installed on AWS Snowcone to enable simple, fast, secure, and cost-effective online data import or export between storage on Snowcone devices at edge locations and Amazon S3, Amazon EFS, or Amazon FSx for Windows File Server. DataSync automatically handles moving data, scheduling transfer jobs, monitoring, encryption, data verification, and network optimization.
AWS Snowcone features 8 TB of usable storage. Applications can work with Snowcone as an NFS v4 mount point. You can easily use Snowcone with your existing on-premises servers and file-based applications to read and write data on the device.
Wired and wireless networking
You can connect AWS Snowcone to wired networks. Snowcone provides 2 ports that auto-negotiate for 1 Gb or 10 Gb Ethernet networks. Currently, Snowcone does not support Wi-Fi networks. We plan to enable Wi-Fi networks on Snowcone in future updates.
Efficient USB-C standardized power
AWS Snowcone uses standard USB-C power, so you can use 60 W+ (20 V) USB-C power adapters that fit your local power outlets and meet AWS specifications. AWS has tested and qualified a number of USB-C power adapters, which you can purchase on amazon.com.
USB-C power adapter
- Apple 61W USB-C Power Adapter
- Lenovo USB-C 65W Standard AC Adapter
- Dell 130-Watt Type-C AC power adapter
Optional lightweight battery
For mobile applications where power plugs are inaccessible, AWS Snowcone can run on specified battery power. For a light workload at 25% CPU usage, the device can run on a 65 W battery for approximately 6 hours. You can optionally order one or more battery packs that have been tested for use with Snowcone.
AWS Snowcone 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 or edge computing job, it can be tracked via Amazon SNS, text messages, and the AWS Console.
Once the data transfer job has been processed and verified, AWS performs an erasure of the AWS Snowcone device that follows the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) guidelines for media sanitization.
All logistics and shipping is done by Amazon, so when copying is complete and the device is ready to be returned, the E Ink shipping label will automatically update the return address, ensuring that the Snowcone device is delivered to the correct AWS facility. Once the device ships, you can receive tracking status via messages sent by Amazon SNS, generated texts and emails, or directly from the Console.