What Is AWS Snowcone? - AWS Snowcone User Guide

What Is AWS Snowcone?

AWS Snowcone is a portable, rugged, and secure device for edge computing and data transfer. You can use Snowcone to collect, process, and move data to AWS, either offline by shipping the device to AWS, or online by using AWS DataSync.

It can be challenging to run applications in austere (non-data center) edge environments, or where there is a lack of consistent network connectivity. These locations often lack the space, power, and cooling needed for data center IT equipment. With two CPUs and 8 TB of storage, Snowcone can run edge computing workloads that use Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances, and store data securely.

The Snowcone device is small (8.94” x 5.85” x 3.25” / 227 mm x 148.6 mm x 82.65 mm), so it can be placed next to machinery in a factory to collect, format, and transport data back to AWS for storage and analysis. Snowcone weighs about 4.5 lbs. (2 kg), so you can carry one in a backpack, use it with battery-based operation, and use the Wi-Fi interface to gather sensor data.

Snowcone supports a file interface with NFS support. The Snowcone device supports data transfer from on-premises Windows, Linux, and macOS servers and file-based applications through the NFS interface.

Like AWS Snowball, Snowcone has multiple layers of security encryption capabilities. You can use either of these services to collect, process, and transfer data to AWS, and run edge computing workloads that use Amazon EC2 instances. Snowcone is designed for data migration needs up to dozens of terabytes. It can be used in space-constrained environments where Snowball Edge devices don't fit.

Use Cases

You can use AWS Snowcone for the following use cases:

  • For edge computing applications, to collect data, process the data to gain immediate insight, and then transfer the data online to AWS.

  • To transfer data that is continuously generated by sensors or machines online to AWS in a factory or at other edge locations.

  • To distribute media, scientific, or other content from AWS storage services to your partners and customers.

  • To aggregate content by transferring media, scientific, or other content from your edge locations to AWS.

  • For one-time data migration scenarios where your data is ready to be transferred, where Snowcone offers a simple, quick, and low-cost way to transfer up to 8 TB of data into AWS by shipping the device back to AWS.

For mobile deployments, AWS Snowcone can run on specified battery power. For a light workload at 25 percent CPU usage, the device can run on a battery for up to approximately 6 hours. You can use the Wi-Fi interface on Snowcone to collect data from wireless sensors. AWS Snowcone is low power, portable, lightweight, and vibration resistant, so you can use it in a wide variety of remote and austere locations.

Pricing

You can order the Snowcone device for pay per use and keep the device for up to 4 years. For information about Snowcone pricing and fees, see Snowcone pricing.