Over the last couple of
years I’ve told you about several members of the “Snow” family of
edge computing and data transfer devices – The original Snowball,
the more-powerful Snowball
Edge, and the
Today I would like to
tell you about the latest updates to Snowball Edge. Here’s what I
have for you today:
Snowball Edge Update – New storage optimized devices that
are 25% faster, with more memory, more vCPUs, and support for 100
AWS OpsHub for Snow Family – A new GUI-based tool to
simplify the management of Snowball Edge devices.
IAM for Snowball Edge – AWS Identity and Access Management
(IAM) can now be used to manage access to services and resources on
Snowball Edge devices.
Snowball Edge Support for AWS Systems Manager – Support for
task automation to simplify common maintenance and deployment tasks
on instances and other resources on Snowball Edge devices.
Let’s take a closer look
at each one…
Snowball Edge Storage Optimized Update
We’ve refreshed the hardware, more than doubling the processing
power and boosting data transfer speed by up to 25%, all at the same
price as the older devices.
The newest Snowball
Edge Storage Optimized devices
feature 40 vCPUs and 80 GB of memory, up from 24 and 48,
respectively. The processor now runs at 3.2 GHz, allowing you to
launch more powerful EC2 instances that can handle your
preprocessing and analytics workloads even better than before. In
addition to the 80 TB of storage for data processing and data
transfer workloads, there’s now 1 TB of SATA SSD storage that is
accessible to the EC2 instances that you launch on the device. The
improved data transfer speed that I mentioned earlier is made
possible by a new 100 Gigabit QSFP28 network adapter.
Here are the instances
that are available on the new hardware (you will need to rebuild any
existing AMIs in order to use them):
You can cluster up to
twelve Storage Optimized devices together in order to create a
single S3-compatible bucket that can store nearly 1 petabyte of
data. You can also run Lambda functions on this and on other
Snowball Edge devices.
To learn more and to
order a Snowball Edge (or an entire cluster), visit the AWS
AWS OpsHub for Snow Family
This is a new graphical user interface that you can use to manage
Snowball Edge devices. You can unlock devices and configure devices,
use drag-and-drop operations to copy data, launch applications (EC2
AMIs), monitor device metrics, and automate routine operations.
Once downloaded and
installed on your Windows or Mac, you can use AWS OpsHub even if you
don’t have a connection to the Internet. This makes it ideal for use
in some of the mobile and disconnected modes that I mentioned
earlier, and also makes it a great fit for high-security
AWS OpsHub is available
at no charge wherever Snowball Edge is available. Check out this
demo video to see AWS
OpsHub in action:
To learn more and to get
started with AWS OpsHub, visit the Snowball
IAM for Snowball Edge
can now use user-based IAM policies to control access to services
and resources running on Snowball Edge devices. If you have multiple
users with access to the same device, you can use IAM policies to
ensure that each user has the appropriate permissions.
If you have applications
that make calls to IAM, S3, EC2, or STS (newly available on Snowball
Edge) API functions on a device, you should make sure that you
specify the “snow” region in your calls. This is optional now, but
will become mandatory for devices ordered after November 2, 2020.
IAM support is available
for devices ordered on or after April 16, 2020.
To learn more, read Using
Snowball Edge Support for AWS Systems Manager
AWS Systems Manager gives
you the power to automate common maintenance and deployment tasks in
order to make you and your teams more efficient.
You can now write
scripts in Python or PowerShell and execute them in AWS OpsHub. The
scripts can include any of the operations supported on the device.
For example, here’s a simple script that restarts an EC2 instance:
To learn more, read