AWS Snow Family - How AWS Pricing Works

AWS Snow Family

The AWS Snow Family helps customers that need to run operations in austere, non-data center environments, and in locations where there's lack of consistent network connectivity. The Snow Family, comprised of AWS Snowcone, AWS Snowball, and AWS Snowmobile, offers a number of physical devices and capacity points, most with built-in computing capabilities. These services help physically transport up to exabytes of data into and out of AWS. Snow Family devices are owned and managed by AWS and integrate with AWS security, monitoring, storage management, and computing capabilities.

AWS Snowcone

AWS Snowcone is the smallest member of the AWS Snow Family of edge computing and data transfer devices. Snowcone is portable, rugged, and secure. You can use Snowcone to collect, process, and move data to AWS, either offline by shipping the device, or online with AWS DataSync.

With AWS Snowcone, you pay only for the use of the device and for data transfer out of AWS. Data transferred offline into AWS with Snowcone does not incur any transfer fees. For online data transfer pricing with AWS DataSync, please refer to the DataSync pricing page. Standard pricing applies once data is stored in the AWS Cloud.

For AWS Snowcone, you pay a service fee per job, which includes five days usage on-site, and for any extra days you have the device on-site. For high-volume deployments, contact your AWS sales team.

For pricing details, see AWS Snowcone Pricing.

AWS Snowball

AWS Snowball is a data migration and edge computing device that comes in two device options: Compute Optimized and Storage Optimized.

Snowball Edge Storage Optimized devices provide 40 vCPUs of compute capacity coupled with 80 terabytes of usable block or Amazon S3-compatible object storage. It is well-suited for local storage and large-scale data transfer. Snowball Edge Compute Optimized devices provide 52 vCPUs, 42 terabytes of usable block or object storage, and an optional GPU for use cases such as advanced machine learning and full motion video analysis in disconnected environments. Customers can use these two options for data collection, machine learning and processing, and storage in environments with intermittent connectivity (such as manufacturing, industrial, and transportation) or in extremely remote locations (such as military or maritime operations) before shipping it back to AWS. These devices may also be rack mounted and clustered together to build larger, temporary installations.

AWS Snowball has three pricing elements to consider: usage, device type, and term of use.

First, understand your planned use case. Is it data transfer only, or will you be running compute on the device? You can use either device for data transfer or computing, but it is more cost-effective to use a Snowball Edge Storage Optimized for data transfer jobs.

Second, choose your device, either Snowball Edge Storage Optimized or Snowball Edge Compute Optimized. You can also select the option to run GPU instances on Snowball Edge Compute Optimized for edge applications.

For on-demand use, you pay a service fee per data transfer job, which includes 10 days of on-site Snowball Edge device usage. Shipping days, including the day the device is received and the day it is shipped back to AWS, are not counted toward the 10 days. After the 10 days, you pay a low per-day fee for each additional day you keep the device.

For 1-year or 3-year commitments, please contact your sales team; you cannot make this selection in the AWS Console.

Data transferred into AWS does not incur any data transfer fees, and standard pricing applies for data stored in the AWS Cloud. 

For pricing details, see AWS Snowball Pricing.

AWS Snowmobile

AWS Snowmobile moves up to 100 PB of data in a 45-foot long ruggedized shipping container and is ideal for multi-petabyte or Exabyte-scale digital media migrations and data center shutdowns. A Snowmobile arrives at the customer site and appears as a network-attached data store for more secure, high-speed data transfer. After data is transferred to Snowmobile, it is driven back to an AWS Region where the data is loaded into Amazon S3.

Snowmobile pricing is based on the amount of data stored on the truck per month.

Snowmobile can be made available for use with AWS services in select AWS regions. Please follow up with AWS Sales to discuss data transport needs for your specific region and schedule an evaluation.

For pricing details, see AWS Snowmobile Pricing.