AWS Snowball
User Guide

AWS Snowball Specifications

The following table outlines hardware specifications for the Snowball appliance.

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 6-foot cables that work with all three of the supported I/O interfaces.
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.

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 S3 SDK 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

16 gigabytes of RAM


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