AWS Snowball

AWS Snowball is a data transport solution that accelerates moving terabytes to petabytes of data into and out of AWS using storage devices designed to be secure for physical transport. Using Snowball helps to eliminate challenges that can be encountered with large-scale data transfers including high network costs, long transfer times, and security concerns.

*How much data can I transfer using Snowball?*

You can transfer virtually any amount of data with Snowball using multiple devices in parallel or serially one after another. For example, move 150 TB at one time with two 80TB devices, or order a single device to move 80TB and then order a second device for the remaining 70TB.

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*What is the Snowball Client?*

The AWS Snowball Client is software that you install on a local host computer and that helps you to efficiently identify, compress, encrypt, and transfer data from the directories you specify to a Snowball

*How long does it take to transfer my data?*

📍Data transfer speed is affected by a number of factors including local network speed, file size, and the speed at which data can be read from your local servers.

📍for example, less than a day to copy 48TB of data, depending on your local environment

*How long can I have a Snowball for a specific job?*

For security purposes, data transfers must be completed within 90 days of a Snowball’s preparation. This should be enough time to transfer up to 80TBs of data using one Snowball device.

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*What network interfaces does Snowball support?*

Snowball has 10Gbps network interfaces with RJ45, SFP+ copper, and SFP+ optical network ports.

*When should I consider using Snowball instead of AWS Direct Connect?*

AWS Direct Connect provides you with dedicated, fast connections from your premises to the AWS network. If you need to transfer large quantities of data to AWS on an ongoing basis, AWS Direct Connect might be the right choice.

*Can I use Snowball to migrate data from one AWS region to another AWS region?*

No. Snowball is intended to serve as a data transport solution for moving high volumes of data into and out of a designated AWS region.