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Introduction
2.
What is AWS Snowcone?
3.
Use Cases of Snowcone Devices? 
4.
How does AWS Snowcone work?
5.
Frequently Asked Questions
5.1.
What is AWS Snowcone?
5.2.
What is AWS Snowcone used for?
6.
Conclusion
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AWS Snowcone

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Introduction

AWS stands for Amazon Web Services. It is a comprehensive, emerging cloud computing platform provided by Amazon that includes a mixture of IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS offerings which stand for Infrastructure as a service, Platform as a service, and Packaged software as a service, respectively. AWS professionals can perform various jobs related to cloud computing, database administration, computer security, computer engineering, and computer development.

What is AWS Snowcone?

AWS Snowcone is a portable, rugged, secure device for edge computing and the transfer of data. A Snowcone device collects, processes, and moves data to the AWS Cloud by shipping the device to AWS(offline) or by using AWS DataSync(online). Snowcone devices provide a file interface with NFS support and support data transfer from Windows, Linux, and macOS servers and file based applications through the NFS interface.

AWS Snowcone has more than one layer of security and encryption capabilities like AWS Snowball. Either of these services can collect, process, and transfer data to AWS and run edge computing workloads that use Amazon EC2 instances. Snowcone is designed for data migration up to dozens of terabytes. The advantage of Snowcone over Snowball is that it can be used in space-constrained environments where Snowball Edge devices don't fit.

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Use Cases of Snowcone Devices? 

AWS Snowcone devices can be used for the following use cases:

  • To collect data, process it to gain immediate insight, and transfer the data back to AWS online.
  • To distribute media or other content from AWS storage services to your partners and customers.
  • To transfer the continuously generated data by sensors or machines online to AWS in a factory or other edge locations.
  • To accumulate content by transferring media or other content from your edge locations to AWS.
  • Snowcone offers a fast and low-cost way to transfer up to 8 TB or 14 TB of data for one-time data migration scenarios to the AWS Cloud by shipping the device back to AWS.
  • Snowcone device can run on specified battery power for mobile deployments and can run on a battery for approximately 6 hours at 25 percent CPU usage for a light workload. The Wi-Fi interface on your Snowcone device can collect data from wireless sensors. 

How does AWS Snowcone work?

  • Per your request, one or more Snowcone devices in the AWS Management Console are shipped to you based on how much data you need to transfer and the required compute performance. The Amazon S3 buckets, data, and Amazon EC2, Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) chosen by you are automatically configured, encrypted, and pre-installed on your devices. The AWS DataSync agent is also pre-installed.
  • Your Snowcone devices will reach you within approximately 4–6 days. You must set up a job order on the console for each Snowcone device to receive multiple devices.
  • After your device arrives, connect it to your on-premises network and set the IP address automatically or manually with Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. AWS OpsHub for Snow Family, a GUI application for managing your Snowcone device, must be downloaded and installed. It can be installed on any Windows or macOS client machine, such as a laptop.
  • After opening AWS OpsHub and unlocking the device, you can see a dashboard showing your device and its system metrics. Launch the instances to deploy your edge applications or transfer your data to the device with a few clicks in AWS OpsHub.
  • After your data transfer job is completed and the device is ready to be returned, the return address is automatically updated by the E Ink shipping label, ensuring that the Snowcone device is delivered to the correct AWS facility. When the device is shipped, you can receive the tracking status through Amazon Simple Notification Service messages, generated texts and emails, or directly from the console.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is AWS Snowcone?

AWS Snowcone is a portable, rugged, secure device for edge computing and the transfer of data. A Snowcone device collects, processes, and moves data to the AWS Cloud by shipping the device to AWS(offline) or by using AWS DataSync(online). 

What is AWS Snowcone used for?

A Snowcone device collects, processes, and moves data to the AWS Cloud by shipping the device to AWS(offline) or by using AWS DataSync(online). 

Conclusion

In this article, we have extensively discussed the Snowcone service of Amazon Web Services. After going through this article, are you interested to explore more? Coding Ninjas has got you covered. You can check Amazon Web Services ,Introduction to AWSAWS FeaturesAWS Saving plansAWS SnowballAWS Server Migration Service and AWS DeepLens. We hope that this blog has helped you enhance your knowledge, and if you wish to learn more, check out our Coding Ninjas Blog site and visit our Library. Do upvote our blog to help other ninjas grow.

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