AWS Snowball

AWS Snowball

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Snowball is a petabyte-scale data transport solution that uses secure appliances to transfer large amounts of data into and out of the AWS cloud.

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"Easy to Use Data Migration for Small Nonprofit"

Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

The nonprofit I work for employs 51 professionals across a variety of departments (education, events, development, etc). Given our limited size, we do not have on-site IT. The vast majority of IT responsibilities falls upon the Digital Library team I am a part of and our off-site IT contractors. When task with migrating 20 TB of assets from a harddrive into our S3, we knew we did not have the infrastrucute or services to perform such a migration and at a reasonable pace.

What do you like best?

The support the Snowball provides for small organizations to provide significant data migration. Our TBs migrated via Snowball are being used in our Digital Library as we speak. The quick and easy transfer allowed us to provide access to TBs of information for our users in significantly less time than if we had done it on our own. In the Library and Archives world, accessibility, and online accessibility, is key. The Snowball greatly expedites this goal.

What do you dislike?

When we first used the Snowball we were surprised at how difficult it was to use. Based on what we were told by AWS representatives, we thought we could manage the upload onto the Snowball without help from our off-site IT contractors. This proved to be wrong. We thankfully had the backup help we needed, but it would be helpful to future users to know what level of skill would be required to run the Snowball.

Recommendations to others considering the provider:

Make sure you have an IT professional on staff before use.

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"These kind of snowballs aren't cold but they are cost effective and apparently indestructible!! "

Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

There was a need to shift a significant amount of data from one client to another, where connection to the cloud may or may not be possible due to security and a lack of network access. Thank goodness for the external hard drive that literally never be filled up because the client was able to take the data from the site and load it (not the technical term) into the snowball, where they could take it and attach it to the clients local network for migration.

What do you like best?

If you need to securely and quickly transfer data to AWS, Snowball is the right choice. Especially if your schedule doesn't allow time to make expensive upgrades to the network infrastructure. It's also great for secondary and third locations because they often have large backlogs of data and can be in a physically isolated environment. All reasons snowball can help save the day!

What do you dislike?

They cost $200 per use and remain property of Amazon so you'll be sending them back after the data has been migrated but that's the only dislike I can think of.

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Karine Albenize dos S.
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"AwsREspostas"

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A principio eu quis usar a plataforma para me ajudar no inicio do meu blog e começar a monetizar meu blog mas houve problemas pra aceitar meu cadastro

What do you like best?

eu gosto de tudo sou fascinada pela amazon

What do you dislike?

o fato de não ter opções em portugues e nem a possibilidade de descrição com tradução

Recommendations to others considering the provider:

Eu acho que a pessoa que vai contratar precisa saber o que quer porque a ferramenta é otima só que tem que saber o que realmente quer dela para ter 100% de aproveitamento

kurt o.
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"snowball migration review"

Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

data migration of key data from on-prem to aws

What do you like best?

ease and quickness of getting a snowbll on sidte

What do you dislike?

when i order a snowball i can only select buckets i wnat the data to be loaded into. I would like to create the path inside the bucket i wnat the data to go into.

david s.
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"Move large amounts of data"

Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

This service is simple and effective. You plug plug in the box and move and scan a few settings and you are able to move the data from one node to the next.

What do you like best?

Simple and effective moving Terabytes of data from our on prem area to the cloud.

What do you dislike?

The first time we did it it took a few times to get things moving and the data to transfer.

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"Awful Experience"

Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

Moving on-prem data to S3 to save time and money

What do you like best?

easy hook up to the network

easy to use interface (when it works)

What do you dislike?

The interface is terrible. I would have to restart the device often. After transferring data or sitting or a period of time. When restarted it would lose all network information. I had to take multiple trips to the data center to restart / reconfigure

Recommendations to others considering the provider:

Try it, but don't fight with it.

Jim M.
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"So easy to use"

Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

Migrated data set to AWS from on-premise servers. Simple and straight foward to use.

What do you like best?

the whitepapers on the service were great to get an understanding of the service

What do you dislike?

No compliants but the service worked as expected

Recommendations to others considering the provider:

Give it a try

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"Snowball Excellence!"

Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

Client had a large local infrastructure and data. They needed to migrate to AWS quickly and not utilize Direct COnnect or VPN as the datacenter was being spun down.

What do you like best?

The ease of shipping and reliability. Having the device being handled to and from takes work off my team. Also the autoimport to where the data shows up in S3 automatically

What do you dislike?

Nothing that really comes to mind because areas where this fails AWS has other services to utilize.

Recommendations to others considering the provider:

Great way to move massive amounts of data into AWS without needing internet pipes

Robert P.
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"awesome product"

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The product is way awesome. It has helped me transer a lot of data.

What do you like best?

the product is way easy to use everytime I use it.

What do you dislike?

I like everything about the product that I've used

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"Amazingly easy experience"

Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

Due to the nature of the project, cant give many details. However, there was huge amounts of data that needed to get in to AWS cloud. Snowball experience was so simple and smooth

What do you like best?

getting the appliance, directions, accessing the appliance, and all the instructions to get the shipment and send the shipment back to AWS.

What do you dislike?

Nothing to dislike. The first go around, we got an erroneous piece, and spent some time troubleshooting etc. But once we got the healthy piece, everything went smooth

Recommendations to others considering the provider:

Go for it

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"Typical AWS product"

Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

I work with companies moving platforms and providers. AWS Snowball is a helpful service especially for customers moving to AMS. It makes it a one stop shop.

What do you like best?

AWS is starting to offer so many tools/services that it is easy to use them for multiple items. Makes it a one stop shop/

What do you dislike?

AWS is a large company. Sometimes I feel like you are getting a sales pitch 24/7. When moving large amounts of sensitive data, a sales pitch is not what you want.

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"Snowball"

Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

Moving data from on premise in our datacenter to the cloud.

What do you like best?

Once installed it works well. Ordering and tracking are well done.

What do you dislike?

Depending on your OS installation can be hard.. We had customers on old OS that made it hard. Had to use a laptop between the server and the snowball to connect.

Recommendations to others considering the provider:

Unhderstand requirements for install

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"Moving lots of data"

Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

When speed of light is just not fast enough we use Snowball to move large amounts for data.

What do you like best?

Love how fast the unit is arriving after ordering it and how easy it is to copy data to it from multiple machines.

What do you dislike?

The unit is very heavy. I almost broke my back last time I used one.

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"Snowball for the win"

Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

Had to move 14TB produc tion Db from on premise to the cloud. Moving over the Network was not feasible

What do you like best?

The security of the Snowball was very impressive.

What do you dislike?

There was nothing really in the snoball that was poor

Recommendations to others considering the provider:

It is by far the easiest way to transfer large chunks of data

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"Snowball New User"

Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

wonderful way to move large amounts of data while starting in a cloud environment

What do you like best?

Ease of use and quickly available to new users in an AWS environment

What do you dislike?

I'm happy with this service. No dislikes as I have been very happy with this tool

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"heavy duty for heavy duty migration"

Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

unit was very heavy bur very stardy. It was very easy to use and use

What do you like best?

its simple and easy to use with good instructions

What do you dislike?

takes long time to order and shipping back can be an issue as some carrier will give hard time

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"Good product , dont have to worry about data"

Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

Good product , dont have to worry about data

What do you like best?

Good product , dont have to worry about data

What do you dislike?

Beginnging to use, in the early stage. We are in the process of migrating more workloads to AWS

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"Transfer of data using snowball "

Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

Transfered data using a snowball device from on poem to cloud as network was to slow for the scale of data

What do you like best?

Speed and price were very good recorded snowball in 24 hrs

What do you dislike?

Security contains between current on premise provider and aws

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"Mass Migration"

Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

We are migrating to AWS, as a result we had to migrate 8 yrs of data to S3

What do you like best?

Using snowball to migrate the data is both simple and fast.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing I dislike about the product.

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"Fast Transfer"

Describe the project or task the provider helped with:

Helped with moving TBs of data. And very fast processing speeds

What do you like best?

Speed. And Agility in terms of data transfer

What do you dislike?

Nothing. Everything is good about the product

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