AWS Snowball

Snowball is a petabyte-scale data transport solution that uses secure appliances to transfer large amounts of data into and out of the AWS cloud.


  • Suitcase-sized device used to transfer TB or PB of data into S3
  • Connect to on-premises network with Snowball client
  • 80 TB capacity
  • 256-bit encryption using KMS
  • Shipping and transfer times are typically one week
  • Typically used with >100 TB of data and bandwidth limitations
  • Example: 100 TB @ 1 Gbps = 100+ days to transfer. Done in ~1 week with two Snowballs.

Snowball Edge

  • Larger capacity than Snowball
  • Embedded computing capability using Lambda
  • Used for loT, media transcoding, and other use cases


  • Shipping container on a semi truck
  • Up to 100 PB (1250 Snowballs)
  • Multiple levels of logical and physical security
  • Encryption
  • Fire suppressions
  • Security personnel
  • GPS tracking
  • Video surveillance
  • Escort vehicle