Document History - AWS Snowball Edge Developer Guide

Document History

  • API version: 1.0

  • Latest documentation update: August 4th, 2021

The following table describes important changes to the AWS Snowball Edge Developer Guide after July 2018. For notifications about documentation updates, you can subscribe to the RSS feed.

Change Description Date

Support for NFS offline data transfer

Snowball Edge devices now support offline data transfer using NFS. For more information, see Using NFS for Offline Data Transfer.

August 4, 2021

New AWS Region supported

Snowball Edge devices are now available in the Africa (Cape Town) AWS Region. For more information, see Snowball Edge Endpoints and Quotas in the AWS General Reference. For information on shipping, see Shipping Considerations for Snowball Edge.

November 23, 2020

Support for importing your own image into your device

You can now import a snapshot of your image into your Snowball Edge device and register it as an Amazon EC2 Machine Image (AMI). For more information, see Importing an Image into Your Device as an Amazon EC2 AMI .

November 9, 2020

New AWS Region supported

Snowball Edge devices are now available in the Europe (Milan) AWS Region. For more information, see Snowball Edge Endpoints and Quotas in the AWS General Reference. For information on shipping, see Shipping Considerations for Snowball Edge.

September 30, 2020

Content restructure

Created a Getting Started section that aligns with the AWS Snow Family Management Console workflow and updated other sections for clarity. For more information, see Getting Started with an AWS Snowball Edge.

September 17, 2020

Introducing AWS OpsHub for Snow Family

The Snow Family Devices now offer a user-friendly tool, AWS OpsHub for Snow Family, that you can use to manage your devices and local AWS services. For more information, see Using AWS OpsHub for Snow Family to Manage Snowball Devices.

April 16, 2020

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) is now available locally on the AWS Snowball Edge device

You can now use AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) to securely control access to AWS resources running on your AWS Snowball Edge device. For more information, see Using IAM Locally.

April 16, 2020

Introducing a new Snowball Edge Storage Optimized (for data transfer) device option

Snowball now adds a new storage optimized device based on the current compute-optimized and GPU devices. For more information, see Snowball Edge Device Options.

March 23, 2020

NFC tag validation support

Snowball Edge Compute Optimized devices (with or without the GPU) have NFC tags built into them. You can scan these tags with the AWS Snowball Edge Verification App, available on Android. For more information, see Validating NFC Tags.

December 13, 2018

Security groups are now available for compute instances

Security groups in Snowball Edge devices are similar to security groups in the AWS Cloud, with some subtle differences. For more information, see Security Groups in Snowball Edge Devices.

November 26, 2018

Introducing on-premises update

You can now update the software that makes a Snowball Edge device run in your local environment. Note that on-premises updates require an internet connection. For more information, see Updating an Snowball Edge.

November 26, 2018

Introducing new device options for Snowball Edge

Snowball Edge devices come in three options – storage optimized, compute optimized, and with GPU. For more information, see Snowball Edge Device Options.

November 15, 2018

New AWS Region supported

Snowball Edge devices are now available in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai). Note that compute instances and AWS Lambda powered by AWS Greengrass are not supported in this region.

September 24, 2018

Introducing support for Amazon EC2 compute instances on Snowball Edge devices

AWS Snowball now supports local Amazon EC2 compute instances running on Snowball Edge devices. For more information about jobs using Amazon EC2 compute instances, see https://docs.aws.amazon.com/snowball/latest/developer-guide/using-ec2.html.

July 17, 2018

Improved troubleshooting content

The troubleshooting chapter has been updated and reorganized.

July 11, 2018

The following table describes documentation releases for the AWS Snowball Edge device before July 2018.

Change Description Date
New AWS Region supported AWS Snowball is now supported in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) region. For more information on shipping in this AWS Region, see Shipping Considerations for AWS Snowball. April 3, 2018
Automatically extracted batches of small files are now supported

You can now batch many small files together into a larger archive, and specify that those batches are automatically extracted when the data is imported into Amazon S3. Batching small files together can significantly improve your transfer performance when moving data from your on-premises server to a Snowball Edge device. For more information, see Batching Small Files.

March 20, 2018
Major feature revision to the Snowball client, and cluster update

The new major feature revision for the Snowball client includes performance improvements, profiles, and support for the cluster update. For more information, see Using the Snowball Client.

Clusters are now leaderless. All nodes can read and write data to the cluster. For more information, see Using an AWS Snowball Edge Cluster.

February 5, 2018
New AWS Region supported AWS Snowball is now supported in the Europe (Paris) region. For more information on shipping in this AWS Region, see Shipping Considerations for AWS Snowball. December 18, 2017

Improved AWS CLI support for the Amazon S3 Adapter for Snowball

You can now use the s3 sync command with the Amazon S3 Adapter for Snowball to sync data between a Snowball Edge and your local computer. For more information, see Supported AWS CLI Commands for Amazon S3.

November 10, 2017
Updated file interface file size support The file interface can now support files up to 150 GB in size. For more information, see Transferring Files to AWS Snowball Edge Using the File Interface. October 4, 2017
New AWS Region supported AWS Snowball Edge is now supported in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) region, with region-specific shipping options. For more information, see Shipping Considerations for AWS Snowball. September 19, 2017
New AWS Region supported AWS Snowball Edge is now supported in the South America (São Paulo) region, with region-specific shipping options. For more information, see Shipping Considerations for AWS Snowball. August 8, 2017
Updated AWS IoT Greengrass and Lambda functionality Lambda functions running on AWS Snowball Edge devices can now be added, updated, removed, or replaced, once the devices are on-premises. In addition, AWS Snowball Edge devices can now be used as AWS IoT Greengrass core devices. For more information, see Using AWS Lambda with an AWS Snowball Edge. July 25, 2017
New AWS Region supported AWS Snowball Edge is now supported in the Canada (Central) region, with region-specific shipping options. For more information, see Shipping Considerations for AWS Snowball. June 29, 2017
Updated file interface functionality With the file interface, you can now choose the Network File System (NFS) clients that are allowed to access the file share on the Snowball Edge, in addition to accessing other support and troubleshooting features. For more information, see Transferring Files to AWS Snowball Edge Using the File Interface. June 21, 2017
Updated cluster functionality Clusters can now be created in groups of 5–10 AWS Snowball Edge devices. For more information, see Using an AWS Snowball Edge Cluster. June 5, 2017
Documentation update Documentation navigation has been updated for clarity and consistency, and a regional limitations section has been added. For more information, see Region Availability for AWS Snowball. May 8, 2017
Updated compute information

The following updates have been made for AWS Lambda powered by AWS Greengrass functions:

  • Event objects are now JSON objects like their cloud-based counterparts.

  • When you choose a function for a job, you also choose a specific version of the function. Each version of a function now has a separate Amazon Resource Name (ARN).

  • To improve latency, functions are loaded in memory when a job is created. When creating a compute job, keep in mind that you have a total of 3.744 GB of memory available for all the functions. If you need more functions than the memory can support, you need to create more jobs.

December 6, 2016
Introducing AWS Snowball Edge The AWS Snowball service now has two devices, the standard Snowball and the AWS Snowball Edge device. With the new Snowball Edge, you can now create local storage and compute jobs, harnessing the power of the AWS Cloud locally, without an internet connection. November 30, 2016