Snowcone is small, approximately 9 inches x 6 inches x 3 inches, weighs 4.5 pounds (2.1 kg), and supports operation via either AC power or an optional battery for mobility. It is built with 2 CPUs, 4 GB of memory, 8 TB of usable storage, and Wi-Fi or wired networking.
The new AWS portable device runs edge computing workloads with select Amazon EC2 instances or AWS IoT Greengrass. Snowcone users can execute compute applications at the edge, and can ship the device with data to AWS for offline data transfer, or make use of online data transfer options with AWS DataSync from edge locations.
As announced, Snowcone is portable, rugged, small and light enough to fit in a backpack, and able to withstand harsh environments. It can be used in a variety of environments including desktops, data centers, messenger bags, vehicles, and in conjunction with drones, suiting a wide range of use cases such as data migration, content distribution, tactical edge computing, healthcare IoT, industrial IoT, transportation, logistics, and autonomous vehicle.
“Today I would like to introduce you to the newest and smallest member of the AWS Snow Family of physical edge computing, edge storage, and data transfer devices for rugged or disconnected environments, AWS Snowcone,” said Jeff Barr, chief evangelist for AWS.
“The device enclosure is both tamper-evident and tamper-resistant, and also uses a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) designed to ensure both security and full chain-of-custody for your data. The device encrypts data at rest and in transit using keys that are managed by AWS Key Management Service (KMS) and are never stored on the device.”
AWS OpsHub, a graphical user interface, has been provided for the setup and management of Snowcone. AWS DataSync also comes pre-installed on the device to move data online to and from Amazon S3, Amazon EFS, or Amazon FSx for Windows File Server.