AWS Snowmobile – move exabytes of data to the cloud in weeks

Moving large amounts of data to the cloud as part of a migration effort is challenging, but AWS has a solution.

AWS has launched Snowmobile – a secure data truck which stores up to 100PB of data and can help to move exabytes to AWS in weeks.

It attaches to a client’s network and appears as a local, NFS-mounted volume.

“You can use your existing backup and archiving tools to fill it up with data destined for Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) or Amazon Glacier,” said Amazon.

Physically, Snowmobile is a ruggedized, tamper-resistant shipping container 45 feet long, 9.6 feet high, and 8 feet wide.

It is waterproof, climate-controlled, and can be parked in a covered or uncovered area adjacent to your data centre. Each Snowmobile consumes about 350KW of AC power.

On the security side, Snowmobile incorporates multiple layers of logical and physical protection – including chain-of-custody tracking and video surveillance.

Data is encrypted with your AWS Key Management Service keys before it is written.

Each container includes GPS tracking, with cellular or satellite connectivity back to AWS.

“We will arrange for a security vehicle escort when the Snowmobile is in transit. We can also arrange for dedicated security guards while your Snowmobile is on-premises.”

Each Snowmobile includes a network cable connected to a high-speed switch capable of supporting 1Tbps of data transfer spread across multiple 40Gbps connections.


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AWS Snowmobile – move exabytes of data to the cloud in weeks