Migrating a data center environment into the cloud is often a complex process that can take months as you transfer your existing software, networking setups, users, and data into a new environment. The data transfer is one of the most critical parts of the migration, since it’s the foundation of your application landscape.The time and effort required for the transition is often underestimated, in the usual rush of a tight project plan.
The AWS Snowball is a high-capacity edge computing device that lets you transfer large amounts of data to AWS, quickly and securely. It’s ideal if you’re moving multiple terabytes of data and the upload is likely to take more than a week.
AWS Snowball is designed to accelerate the first bulk upload of data, especially if this is a one-time activity and the continuous data synchronization can be covered by conventional connectivity options later. After the first set of data has been transferred via Snowball, you can set up the continuous data transfer with services from the AWS Transfer Family, using AWS Direct Connect or the public internet.
Since the Snowball Edge is a computing device, you can use it for other use cases where you need AWS computing power at a remote location. However, this blog post focuses on the data migration use case only.