Moving a lot of data to the could is a daunting task. To help companies with terabytes of info migrate to off-site storage, Amazon has introduced Snowball — which moves the information physically.
The execution of Snowball transfers is dead simple: create a job in the Snowball management console, and Amazon will send a 45-pound unit that can transfer up to 50 terabytes(!) of storage at a time. Customers can move up to one petabyte of data to the cloud per week.
From there, all you have to do is link your existing hardware to Snowball, transfer the data, and send the entire unit back. Once Amazon has your Snowball unit, it transfers all of the data into a Simple Storage Service (S3) bucket.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) Import/Export has been around since 2009, but Amazon says this represents a shift to transferring information based on hardware it owns and maintains, which the company says is “faster, cleaner, simpler, more efficient and more secure.”