AWS Snowcone

AWS Snowcone

By Cobus Smit – 2020/06/22 – Thanks to Amazon

Snowcone Description

AWS Snowcone is AWS’s smallest member of the AWS edge computing, edge storage, and data transfer devices, weighing in at 4.5 pounds (2.1 kg) with 8 terabytes of usable storage. Snowcone is strong, secure, and purpose-built for use outside of a traditional data center. Its small form factor makes it a perfect fit for tight spaces or where portability is a necessity.

Like AWS Snowball, Snowcone has multiple layers of security and military-grade encryption capabilities. You can use either of these services to run edge computing workloads that use AWS IoT Greengrass or Amazon EC2 instances, or to collect, process, and transfer data to AWS. Snowcone is designed for data migration needs up to dozens of terabytes (with up to 8 terabytes per device) and from space-constrained environments where AWS Snowball devices will not fit.

We can use Snowcone in backpacks on first responders, or for IoT, moving vehicles, and can also be used in drones. You can execute compute applications at the edge, and you can ship the device with data to AWS for offline data transfer, or you can transfer data online with AWS DataSync from edge locations.

AWS Snowcone is currently available in the US East (N. Virginia) and US West (Oregon) regions.

Benefits of Snowcone:

1. Security

AWS Snowcone uses both hardware and software to provide security that satisfies even the most stringent standards. The Snowcone enclosure has an anti-tamper and tamper-evident design. It uses hardware-based Trusted Platform Modules (TPM) to store device-specific keys where they are inaccessible to software, helping ensure the integrity of the device. Snowcone uses two layers of encryption: in-transit and at-rest. Encryption keys are managed with AWS Key Management Service (KMS) and are never stored on the Snowcone device.

2. Portable edge computing

AWS Snowcone deploys virtually anywhere you need it. It features 2 CPUs, 4 GB of memory, 8 TB of usable storage, Wi-Fi or wired access, and USB-C power using a cord or optional battery. You can put it in a messenger bag, run it in an autonomous vehicle or an airplane, or even attach it to a drone.

3. Withstands harsh environments

AWS Snowcone is built for edge computing and data storage outside of a data center. It is designed to meet stringent standards for ruggedization, including free-fall shock, operational vibration, and more. When sealed, the device is both dust-tight and water-resistant, protected from water jets on all sides. Snowcone has a wide operating temperature range from freezing to desert-like conditions and withstands even harsher temperatures in storage.

4. Flexible data transfer & networking

AWS Snowcone provides options to fit your edge computing, data transfer, and edge storage use case. Using Snowcone’s Wi-Fi or wired 10 GbE networking, you can collect data at the edge, process it with AWS IoT Greengrass or Amazon EC2 instance AMIs, and then move the data to AWS based on your needs. You can ship the device with data to AWS for offline data transfer, or you can transfer data online with AWS DataSync.

5. Works with IoT sensors

With support for AWS IoT Greengrass, Wi-Fi and wired connectivity, and local compute, you can use AWS Snowcone as an IoT hub, data aggregation point, application monitor, or lightweight analytics engine. With Snowcone’s ruggedization, you can put it nearly anywhere your networked devices need to be.

6. Consistent experience: develop in the cloud, compute at the edge

With AWS IoT Greengrass and Amazon EC2 instances, you can develop and test functions and applications in the cloud, and then deploy them rapidly at the edge with AWS Snowcone. When you need to update your application, simply ship a new Snowcone on-site in a few days, and swap it in. 

Use Cases:

  • Data collection and migration
  • Content distribution
  • Tactical edge computing
  • Healthcare IoT
  • Industrial IoT
  • Transportation, logistics, and autonomous vehicles

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