Using an AWS Snowball Edge Device - AWS Snowball Edge Developer Guide

Using an AWS Snowball Edge Device

Following, you can find an overview of the AWS Snowball Edge device. Snowball Edge is a physically rugged device protected by AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS) that you use for local storage and compute, or to transfer data between your on-premises servers and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).

For information about unlocking an AWS Snowball Edge device, see Unlocking the Snow Family device.

When the device first arrives, inspect it for damage or obvious tampering.


If you notice anything that looks suspicious about the device, don't connect it to your internal network. Instead, contact AWS Support, and a new one will be shipped to you.

The following image shows what the AWS Snowball Edge device looks like.

Device with front and top covers closed. Case of device is gray and handles on top are orange. E Ink display visble on top.

The device has three doors—a front, a back, and a top—that all can be opened by latches. The top door contains the power cable for the device. The other two doors can be opened and slid inside the device so that they're out of the way while you're using it. By opening the doors, you get access to the LCD E Ink display embedded in the front side of the device, and the power and network ports in the back.

After your device arrives and is powered on, you're ready to use it.