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The 12 Coolest AWS Tools Of 2020 (So Far)

Here’s a look at 12 new product/service releases and updates announced so far this year, including Amazon AppFlow, Amazon CodeGuru, AWS Fargate Platform Version 1.4.0, Amazon Kendra and new features for Amazon Macie.

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AWS Snowcone

AWS last month launched the latest and smallest member of its Snow line of portable edge devices with the general availability of AWS Snowcone.

AWS Snowcone is a portable and rugged edge computing device for collecting, processing and transferring data to the AWS cloud from disconnected environments outside traditional data centers. It weighs about 4.5 pounds and is the size of a tissue box, allowing it to fit in a conventional mailbox or small backpack, or attach to a drone.

AWS Snowcone is an AWS-managed service, with AWS providing direct support to customers. It’s designed for remote or extreme conditions without 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. Industrial IoT, drones, tactical edge computing, content distribution, data migration, video content creation and transportation are among its use cases.

Snowcone includes support for AWS IoT Greengrass, the ability to run Amazon EC2 instances and local storage. It can be used as an IoT hub, data aggregation point, application monitor or lightweight analytics engine. Users can collect and process data and then move it from AWS Snowcone to the AWS cloud, either offline by shipping the device to AWS using its E Ink shipping label or online using Ethernet or Wi-Fi with AWS DataSync, which are preinstalled on the device.

Since AWS rolled out its Snow line in October 2015 with the introduction of Snowball, customer use has greatly increased along with the need for a smaller device with more portability, according to the cloud provider.

“This year we see growing interest around Edge computing and helping customers get their applications closer to their end-users, reducing latency, lowering data transfer costs to the cloud and providing near-real-time output,” said Dave Sellers, general manager of multi-cloud at World Wide Technology, an Advanced AWS Consulting Partner based in Maryland Heights, Mo. “AWS continues to innovate and release solutions across many edge computing categories. AWS Outposts, LocalZones and Wavelength offer infrastructure services to support applications closer to the end user. The AWS Snow family solves for data transfer and remote and disconnected situations, with the recent release of AWS Snowcone providing even more flexibility and choice.” 

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