Performance - AWS Storage Services Overview

Performance

The Snowball appliance is purpose-built for efficient data storage and transfer, including a high-speed, 10 Gbps network connection designed to minimize data transfer times, allowing you to transfer up to 80 TB of data from your data source to the appliance in 2.5 days, plus shipping time. In this case, the end-to-end time to transfer the data into AWS is approximately a week, including default shipping and handling time to AWS data centers. Copying 160 TB of data can be completed in the same amount of time by using two 80 TB Snowballs in parallel.

You can use the Snowball client to estimate the time it takes to transfer your data (refer to the AWS Import/Export User Guide for more details).

In general, you can improve your transfer speed from your data source to the Snowball appliance by reducing local network use, eliminating unnecessary hops between the Snowball appliance and the workstation, using a powerful computer as your workstation, and combining smaller objects. Parallelization can also help achieve maximum performance of your data transfer. This could involve one or more of the following parallelization types: using multiple instances of the Snowball client on a single workstation with a single Snowball appliance; using multiple instances of the Snowball client on multiple workstations with a single Snowball appliance; and/or using multiple instances of the Snowball client on multiple workstations with multiple Snowball appliances.