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AWS Snowball
User Guide

This guide is for the standard Snowball (50TB or 80TB of storage space). If you are looking for documentation for the Snowball Edge, see the AWS Snowball Edge Developer Guide.

AWS Snowball Specifications

The following table outlines hardware specifications for the Snowball appliance.

ItemSpecification
Storage capacityIn the US regions, Snowballs come in two sizes: 50 TB and 80 TB. All other regions have the 80 TB Snowballs only.
On-board I/O 10 gigabit interfacesEach Snowball supports RJ45 (Cat6), SFP+ Copper, and SFP+ Optical.
CablesEach Snowball ships with RJ45 and copper SFP+ cables. For SFP+ optical, you'll have to use your own cable, connected to the SFP+ optical adapter in one of the SFP+ ports.
Thermal requirementsSnowballs are designed for office operations, and are ideal for data center operations.
Decibel outputOn average, a Snowball produces 68 decibels of sound, typically quieter than a vacuum cleaner or living-room music.
Weight47 pounds.
Height19.75 inches.
Width12.66 inches.
Length21.52 inches.
PowerIn the US regions: NEMA 5–15p 100–220 volts. In all regions, a power cable is included.
Power consumption200 watts.

Supported Network Hardware

After you open the back panel of the Snowball, you'll see the network ports shown in the following photograph.

The available network ports.

These ports support the following network hardware.

1. RJ45

RJ45 is a type of Ethernet networking connector with ends that look like the following. In the photo preceding, the RJ45 port is number 1.

RJ45

2. SFP+ Copper

The small form-factor pluggable (SFP) connector is a compact, hot-pluggable transceiver used for network communications over copper wire. SFP+ is an enhanced version of the SFP connector. In the photo preceding, the SFP+ copper port is number 2.

SFP+ Copper

3. SFP+ Optical

The small form-factor pluggable (SFP) is a compact, hot-pluggable transceiver used for network communications over optical cabling. SFP+ is an enhanced version of the SFP connector. In the photo preceding, the SFP+ optical port is number 3.

If you are using your own SFP+ optical cable, it can be attached to the adapter module connected to this port.

SFP+ Optical

Workstation Specifications

The workstation is the computer, server, or virtual machine that hosts your mounted data source. You'll connect the Snowball to this workstation to transfer your data. Because the workstation is considered the bottleneck for transferring data between the Snowball and the data source, we highly recommend that your workstation be a powerful computer, able to meet high demands for processing, memory, and networking.

We recommend that your workstation be a computer dedicated to the task of running the Snowball client or the Amazon S3 Adapter for Snowball while you're transferring data. Each instance of the client or the adapter requires up to 7 GB of dedicated RAM for memory-intensive tasks, such as performing encryption.

The following table outlines the suggested specifications for your workstation.

ItemSuggested Specification
Processing power16 core CPU
Memory

16 gigabytes of RAM

Important

Each running instance of the client and/or adapter requires up to 7 GB of dedicated RAM for memory-intensive tasks, such as performing the snowball cp command.

Microsoft Windows support (64-bit only)
  • Windows 7

  • Windows 8

  • Windows 10

Mac supportMac OS X version 10.10 or higher
Linux support (64-bit only)
  • Ubuntu version 12 or higher

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 6 or higher

User interface support
  • Keyboard

  • Mouse

  • Monitor

Network I/O support
  • RJ45

  • SFP+ Copper

  • SFP+ Optical