AWS Snowball

Explain AWS Snowball.
  • AWS Snowball is a solution from Amazon Web Services that’s designed to move large amounts of data into the AWS cloud.
  • It’s done using offline data migration.
  • we create a job in the AWS Management Console.
  • This is a secure storage appliance that’s designed to be tamper proof that is used to house the data that we will then physically ship back to an AWS data center to move that data into the cloud.
  • we have to install Snowball client on an on-premises workstation that will be used to perform the copying or the transfer of the data from our on-premises environment to the Snowball appliance that you plug into your local area network.
  • You could also have multiple workstations with the Snowball client installed if you’ve got multiple snowballs and you want to increase the throughput.
  • So, a single Snowball appliance, for example, can handle between 50 and 80 terabytes of data. So, you could potentially, depending on your local network environment, fill one of those up within a single day.
  • Now, depending on your Internet connectivity, transferring that amount of data into the AWS cloud over the Internet could take months, even years in some cases. So, if you’ve got less than 10 petabytes of on-premises data, you should be using one or more AWS Snowball appliances.
  • If you’ve got more than 10 petabytes, you would be looking at using AWS Snowmobile, which is literally a shipping container full of storage appliances. So, that would be for larger organizations with very enormous data centers.
Snowball Jobs

AWS Snowball is used when you need to move large amounts of data from on-premises into the AWS cloud.

Essentially, Amazon Web Services will ship you a secured rugged storage device that you populate and then send back to the data center and they copy it into S3.

Question: When should AWS Snowball be used?

Ans- PB or TB of on-premises data that needs to be placed in AWS

Question: Which statements regarding AWS Snowball jobs are correct?

Ans – KMS can be used to protect data at rest

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