Amazon's Snowmobile truck can haul 100 petabytes of customer data to the cloud

By midian182 ยท 12 replies
Dec 1, 2016
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  1. When it comes to cloud computing, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the undisputed market leader. But for those customers that need to transfer petabytes or exabytes of data, the process can take years or even decades. Now, Amazon has come up with a solution for moving truckloads of information: an actual truck.

    The Snowmobile can store up to 100 PB of data, allowing organizations to "move exabytes" of information to AWS within a timeframe measured in weeks rather than years. The truck follows the 80 TB AWS Snowball device Amazon introduced last year, which, while capable of transferring 1 PB per week to AWS, may not be sufficient for customers with large-scale on-premise storage.

    Amazon introduced the Snowmobile at its annual re:Invent user conference in Las Vegas yesterday. The 45-foot long, 9.6-foot high, 8-foot long wide container is climate-controlled and waterproof, meaning it can be parked in covered or uncovered locations. It consumes about 350 kW of power, and Amazon says it will arrange for a generator if a customer requires one.

    The Snowmobile can back up data at speeds of up to 1 Tb/s spread across multiple 40 Gb/s fiber connections. Firms with networks able to transfer data at that rate will be able to fill the truck in about 10 days, at which point it will be transported to an Amazon endpoint where the data is uploaded. AWS will provide security while the Snowmobile is on site, as well as an escort during transit. Customer data is encrypted, of course, and the container provides GPS tracking.

    Company chief executive Andy Jassy said that sending an exabyte of data to an AWS center at a rate of 10 Gb/s would take 26 years, but using ten Snowmobiles would take six months.

    The Snowmobile is aimed at customers in the scientific, media, and financial industries that may need to move large swathes of information. It attaches to a network as a local, NFS volume, and customers can use their existing backup and archiving tools to fill it with data, which will be stored using Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) or Amazon Glacier.

    There’s no official price on how much a AWS Snowmobile will cost; Amazon said it would work with interested customers to ensure it “is both faster and less expensive than using a network-based data transfer model.”

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Too hell with legit hacking, it just takes too much time, patience and intelligence. It's far easier to hijack a truck full of valuable data instead and sell it lock, stock and barrel to the highest bidder.
    Reehahs likes this.
  3. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,650   +1,092

    no need to "hack". just steal the keys or hotwire it :D
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Heh, heh. Over here most of our criminals are far to stupid to think of that, that takes a bit of thought, timing and planning, something that shoving a gun in someone's face doesn't. Problem is, they're often so stupid that they jack the wrong truck. They're desperado's.
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,660   +1,948

    To all the previous posters...

    Financial data never needs this kind of service/storage/transfer, it's all about scientific, research and media data.

    So you all can relax, it has no value hacking into. And it wasn't designed for security-sensitive transfers anyway.
  6. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Evangelist Posts: 583   +318

    That Truck is nowhere near enough storage space for the amount of porn I have.
    Darius Moon and NicktheWVAHick like this.
  7. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Evangelist Posts: 583   +318

    If you load "too much " data into the self-driving truck it will become "self aware" and proceed to kill humans.
    Darius Moon likes this.
  8. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,828   +633

    Oh yeah? Can you elaborate on this? Do you have a specific number of videos or hard drives storing all this porn?
    Darius Moon likes this.
  9. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,828   +633

    Really? When have you seen this happen? Also can you provide a time and place by chance? I'd like to know when the last time a "kill humans" event took place by a self aware semi truck.
  10. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,828   +633

    "Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway."
    --Tanenbaum, Andrew S. (1989)

    This will now need to be revised it would appear.
  11. ManuelV

    ManuelV TS Booster Posts: 101   +42

    Now, at last, I have a way to store all my porn :)
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,713   +3,688

    Now if only there was a trade in program for the real thing, you would be all set for life.
  13. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,650   +1,092

    who cares about the data? just the truck and what is inside it is worth a ton of cash :D
    cliffordcooley likes this.

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