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4 Big Things You Need To Know About AWS Snowcone

‘With more applications running at the edge for an expanding range of use cases, like analyzing IoT sensor data and machine-learning inference, AWS Snowcone makes it easier to collect, store, preprocess and transfer data from harsh environments with limited space to AWS for more intensive processing,’ says Bill Vass, AWS’ vice president of storage, automation and management services.

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Amazon Web Services’ new Snowcone is a small, 4.5-pound, portable and rugged edge computing device for collecting, processing and transferring data to the AWS cloud from disconnected environments outside traditional data centers.

AWS Snowcone, which is now generally available, is designed for remote or extreme conditions that lack consistent network connectivity or environments that require portability, including hospitals and first-responder vehicles, military operations, factory floors, oil rigs, remote offices and movie theaters. Its use cases include industrial IoT, drones, tactical edge computing, content distribution, data migration, video content creation and transportation.

The new offering includes support for AWS IoT Greengrass, the ability to run Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances and local storage. It can be used as an IoT hub, data aggregation point, application monitor or lightweight analytics engine. After collecting and processing data, users can move it from AWS Snowcone to the AWS cloud either offline or online, by shipping the device to AWS using its E Ink shipping label or using Ethernet or Wi-Fi with AWS DataSync, which are preinstalled on the device.

About the size of a tissue box, AWS Snowcone is small enough to fit in a conventional mailbox or small backpack—or attach to a drone—and is the most diminutive member of AWS’ Snow line of portable edge devices used to collect and process data, run local computing applications and move large volumes of data from log files, digital media, genomic data and sensor data from connected devices to AWS. Snow products also include the suitcase-size AWS Snowball and AWS Snowmobile, a 45-foot-long ruggedized shipping container that’s pulled by a semi-trailer truck.

AWS customer use of Snowball devices has greatly increased since their introduction in October 2015 and so has the need for a smaller device with more portability, according to Bill Vass, AWS’ vice president of storage, automation and management services.

“With more applications running at the edge for an expanding range of use cases, like analyzing IoT sensor data and machine-learning inference, AWS Snowcone makes it easier to collect, store, preprocess and transfer data from harsh environments with limited space to AWS for more intensive processing,” Vass said. “It's great for lightweight analytics on the edge. It's got containers and EC2 instances on it, and it lets people connect to the cloud really easily.”

Customers can order AWS Snowcone from the AWS Management Console, and AWS will ship the devices directly to their edge locations. AWS Snowcone is an AWS-managed service, with AWS providing direct support to customers.

Here’s a look at what you should know about AWS Snowcone.

 
 
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