AWS offers new tool for getting bulk data to the cloud

AWS offers new tool for getting bulk data to the cloud

Even with truly high-speed Internet connections, moving terabytes of data and applications to the cloud from local data centers is still a challenge. Sometimes the highest -- and most cost-effective -- bandwidth comes via UPS.

Amazon Web Services last week unveiled Import/Export Snowball, a rugged storage appliance optimized for speed and security that allows users to ship up to 50 terabytes at a time without buying and configuring their own hardware for the job.

Customers can request one or more Snowball appliances from the AWS Management Console. The durable appliance is designed for data storage and transfer --  it can withstand a 6 G jolt, is weather resistant, runs on 110 Volt power and a 10 GB network connection, has an E Ink control panel and can detect tampering attempts.  

User data is stored on the Snowball in 256-bit encrypted form and can also be hosted on a private subnet with limited network access for additional security. Once the data is copied to Snowball, a shipping label automatically appears on the E link display, and the device is sent back to Amazon.  There it is decrypted and copied to the S3 bucket chosen during request.  The Snowball device is then erased and sanitized in compliance to NIST standards.

Users will pay a usage charge of $200 per job plus shipping.

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Amanda Ziadeh is a former reporter/producer for GCN.

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