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#106: AWS Snow Family Deep Dive

by Harold Fritts

Brian calls on Wayne Duso, Vice President, AWS Storage, Edge, and Data Governance, to join him in this podcast and talk about data transfer and the power of the AWS “Snow” offerings. You might be amazed at the computational power, not just data transfer capabilities, that’s available within the Snow family.

Brian calls on Wayne Duso, Vice President, AWS Storage, Edge, and Data Governance, to join him in this podcast and talk about data transfer and the power of the AWS “Snow” offerings. You might be amazed at the computational power, not just data transfer capabilities, that’s available within the Snow family.

Wayne describes himself as

As a long-time Amazon employee (he’s been there almost ten years) and AWS contributor, Wayne has a deep understanding of AWS products, especially where it concerns data movement and storage.

Snowcone on the ISS

AWS and Axiom Space are collaborating on developing a more efficient way to analyze data from Axiom Mission 1 (Ax-1) via AWS Snowcone SSD. AWS Snowcone is a small, rugged, and secure device offering edge computing, data storage, and data transfer on the go in an austere environment with little or no connectivity. Ax-1 is the first of several private space missions to ISS planned by Axiom Space, with the ultimate goal of building the first commercial space station.

We ran an article in June that described the collaboration between Amazon and Axiom Space Remotely Operate AWS Snowcone on the International Space Station (ISS). We also have a video of the Snowcone setup on our Instagram page.

More information on AWS Snow products can be found on AWS Snow Family.

This is a very informative discussion with plenty of detail about AWS’s Snow products, Edge Data, and Data Transfer options. If you want to skip around, the timestamps are listed below.

Timestamp

00:00 Introduction

  • Discussion around Snow product
  • Edge computing
  • What problem was being addressed
  • The journey to move massive amounts of data
  • Created Snowball

05:00 How it works

  • Customers wanted to process the data before transfer
  • Service evolved to collect and process data
  • Creation of Edge device
  • Data migration expectations

10:00 Outposts and Snow

  • Outpost systems are intended to extend an AWS region
  • Snow is further out on the edge but connected to the Internet
  • Snow devices at top-secret sites
  • How that works with AWS and ingesting data
  • Economics

15:00 Transforming business to Edge Compute

  • Payment structure
  • Supply and demand
  • All about logistics
  • Inventory management

20:00 Filtering services

  • What is the process
  • Use signals from customers to aid in planning
  • Planning is done every year, and it changes every year
  • What applications are being built
  • How those applications are built
  • And use cases
  • Adding IoT and RDS to devices
  • Flexibility in design

25:00 Hardware design principles

  • Hardware shared between service groups
  • Limit the number of part numbers
  • AWS is a holistic environment
  • Applications can be tested on a virtual machine
  • Can be run in-region

30:00 Management

  • Monitoring
  • Reporting
  • Edge Console
  • Accessible via API
  • Snowmobile – aptly named?
  • Logistics for Snowmobile, Snowball, Snowcone

35:00 How to connect Snowmobile to the datacenter

  • Simple explanation
  • Make it simple so there is no need for professional services
  • Lots of planning put in place
  • Axiom application in ISS
  • Moving photographs

40:00 Running Snowcone on ISS

  • What did the ISS get
  • Nothing special
  • Same Snowcone as displayed on AWS with special tape wrapping
  • How the data is protected

45:00 Security

  • RAID protection
  • AWS Datacenter
  • ISS Snowcone is still in space

46:00 Wrap up

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