S3 SnowBall

What’s Snow Ball?


Snowball is a petabyte-scale data transparent solution that uses secure appliances to transfer large amount of data into and out of AWS.

Using Snowball addresses common challenges with large-scale data transfers including high network costs, long transfer times, and security concerns.

Transferring data with SnowBall is simple, fast, secure and can be as little as one-fifth the cost of high-speed internet.

Snowball comes in either a 50TB or 80TB size. Snowball uses mutiple layers of security designed to protect your data including tamper-resistant enclosures, 256-bit encryption, and an industry-standard Trusted Platform Module (TPM) designed to ensure both security and full chain-of-custody of your data.

Once the data transfer job has been processed and verified, AWS performs a software erasure of the SnowBall appliance.

SnowBall Edge

AWS SnowBall Edge is a 100TB data tranfer device with on-board storage and compute capabilities. You can use SnowBall Edge to move large amounts of data into and out of AWS, as a temporary storage tier for large local datasets, or to support local workloads in remote or offline locations.

SnowBall Edge connects to your existing applicatinos and infrastructure using standard storage interfaces, streamlining the data transfer process and minimizing setup and integration.

SnowBall Edge can cluster together to form a local stroage tier and process your data on-premises, helping ensure your applications continue to run even when they are not able to access the cloud.


AWS Snowmobile is an Exabyte-scale data transfer service used to move extremely large amounts of data to AWS.

You can transfer up to 100PB per Snowmobile, a 45-foot long ruggedized shipping container, pulled by a semi-trailer truck.

Snowmobile makes it easy to move massive volumes of data to the cloud, including video libararies, image repositories, or even a complete data center migration. Transferring data with Snowmobile is secure, fast and cot effective.


  • Understand what Snowball is
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