Document History - Amazon Snowball Edge Developer Guide
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Document History

  • API version: 1.0

  • Latest documentation update: August 24th, 2022

The following table describes important changes to the Amazon Snowball Edge Developer Guide after July 2018. For notifications about documentation updates, you can subscribe to the RSS feed.

ChangeDescriptionDate

New Amazon Web Services Region supported

Amazon Snowball is now supported in the Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Region. For information about endpoints for this region, see Snowball Edge Endpoints and Quotas in the Amazon General Reference. For information on shipping, see Shipping Considerations for Snowball Edge.

September 7, 2022

Large Data Migration for Snowball Edge

Snowball Edge now supports automating a large data migration plan. For more information see Large Data Migration (manual steps) and Create a Large Data Migration Plan to initiate automation if desired.

April 27, 2022

Introducing Amazon Snow Device Management

Snow Device Management allows you to manage your Snowball Edge device and local Amazon services remotely. All Snowball Edge devices support Snow Device Management, and it comes pre-installed on new devices in most Amazon Web Services Regions where Snowball Edge is available. For more information, see Using Amazon Snow Device Management to Manage Devices

April 27, 2022

NFS Configuration for Snowball Edge

Added NFS Configuration for Snowball Edge for Storage Optimized devices.

April 21, 2022

Rate Limits for Load Balancer

Snowball Edge now supports Rate Limits to distribute requests in a server cluster environment.

April 19, 2022

Support for Snowball Edge with Tape Gateway

You can now order a Snowball Edge device that is specially configured to host the Tape Gateway service. This combination of technologies facilitates secure offline tape data migration. For more information, see Using Amazon Snowball Edge with Tape Gateway.

November 30, 2021

Support for Network Time Protocol (NTP) server configuration

Snowball Edge devices now support external Network Time Protocol (NTP) server configuration.

November 16, 2021

Support for NFS offline data transfer

Snowball Edge devices now support offline data transfer using NFS. For more information, see Using NFS for Offline Data Transfer.

August 4, 2021

New Amazon Web Services Region supported

Snowball Edge devices are now available in the Africa (Cape Town) Amazon Web Services Region. For more information, see Snowball Edge Endpoints and Quotas in the Amazon General Reference. For information on shipping, see Shipping Considerations for Snowball Edge.

November 23, 2020

Support for importing your own image into your device

You can now import a snapshot of your image into your Snowball Edge device and register it as an Amazon EC2 Machine Image (AMI). For more information, see Importing an Image into Your Device as an Amazon EC2 AMI .

November 9, 2020

New Amazon Web Services Region supported

Snowball Edge devices are now available in the Europe (Milan) Amazon Web Services Region. For more information, see Snowball Edge Endpoints and Quotas in the Amazon General Reference. For information on shipping, see Shipping Considerations for Snowball Edge.

September 30, 2020

Content restructure

Created a Getting Started section that aligns with the Amazon Snow Family Management Console workflow and updated other sections for clarity. For more information, see Getting Started with an Amazon Snowball Edge.

September 17, 2020

Introducing Amazon OpsHub for Snow Family

The Snow Family devices now offer a user-friendly tool, Amazon OpsHub for Snow Family, that you can use to manage your devices and local Amazon services. For more information, see Using Amazon OpsHub for Snow Family to Manage Snowball Devices.

April 16, 2020

Amazon Identity and Access Management (IAM) is now available locally on the Amazon Snowball Edge device

You can now use Amazon Identity and Access Management (IAM) to securely control access to Amazon resources running on your Amazon Snowball Edge device. For more information, see Using IAM Locally.

April 16, 2020

Introducing a new Snowball Edge Storage Optimized (for data transfer) device option

Snowball now adds a new storage optimized device based on the current compute-optimized and GPU devices. For more information, see Snowball Edge Device Options.

March 23, 2020

NFC tag validation support

Snowball Edge Compute Optimized devices (with or without the GPU) have NFC tags built into them. You can scan these tags with the Amazon Snowball Edge Verification App, available on Android. For more information, see Validating NFC Tags.

December 13, 2018

Security groups are now available for compute instances

Security groups in Snowball Edge devices are similar to security groups in the Amazon Web Services Cloud, with some subtle differences. For more information, see Security Groups in Snowball Edge Devices.

November 26, 2018

Introducing on-premises update

You can now update the software that makes a Snowball Edge device run in your local environment. Note that on-premises updates require an internet connection. For more information, see Updating an Snowball Edge.

November 26, 2018

Introducing new device options for Snowball Edge

Snowball Edge devices come in three options – storage optimized, compute optimized, and with GPU. For more information, see Snowball Edge Device Options.

November 15, 2018

New Amazon Web Services Region supported

Snowball Edge devices are now available in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai). Note that compute instances and Amazon Lambda powered by Amazon IoT Greengrass are not supported in this region.

September 24, 2018

Introducing support for Amazon EC2 compute instances on Snowball Edge devices

Amazon Snowball now supports local jobs using Amazon EC2 compute instances running on Snowball Edge devices.

July 17, 2018

Improved troubleshooting content

The troubleshooting chapter has been updated and reorganized.

July 11, 2018

The following table describes documentation releases for the Amazon Snowball Edge device before July 2018.

Change Description Date
New Amazon Web Services Region supported Amazon Snowball is now supported in the Asia Pacific (Singapore) region. For more information on shipping in this Amazon Web Services Region, see Shipping Considerations for Amazon Snowball. April 3, 2018
Automatically extracted batches of small files are now supported

You can now batch many small files together into a larger archive, and specify that those batches are automatically extracted when the data is imported into Amazon S3. Batching small files together can significantly improve your transfer performance when moving data from your on-premises server to a Snowball Edge device. For more information, see Batching Small Files.

March 20, 2018
Major feature revision to the Snowball Edge client and cluster update

The new major feature revision for the Snowball Edge client includes performance improvements, profiles, and support for the cluster update. For more information, see Using the Snowball Edge Client.

Clusters are now leaderless. All nodes can read and write data to the cluster. For more information, see Using an Amazon Snowball Edge Cluster.

February 5, 2018
New Amazon Web Services Region supported Amazon Snowball is now supported in the Europe (Paris) region. For more information on shipping in this Amazon Web Services Region, see Shipping Considerations for Amazon Snowball. December 18, 2017

Improved Amazon CLI support for the Amazon S3 interface

You can now use the s3 sync command with the Amazon S3 interface to sync data between a Snowball Edge and your local computer. For more information, see Supported Amazon CLI Commands for Amazon S3.

November 10, 2017
Updated file interface file size support The file interface can now support files up to 150 GB in size. For more information, see Transferring Files to Amazon Snowball Edge Using the File Interface. October 4, 2017
New Amazon Web Services Region supported Amazon Snowball Edge is now supported in the Asia Pacific (Tokyo) region, with region-specific shipping options. For more information, see Shipping Considerations for Amazon Snowball. September 19, 2017
New Amazon Web Services Region supported Amazon Snowball Edge is now supported in the South America (São Paulo) region, with region-specific shipping options. For more information, see Shipping Considerations for Amazon Snowball. August 8, 2017
Updated Amazon IoT Greengrass and Lambda functionality Lambda functions running on Amazon Snowball Edge devices can now be added, updated, removed, or replaced, once the devices are on-premises. In addition, Amazon Snowball Edge devices can now be used as Amazon IoT Greengrass core devices. For more information, see Using Amazon Lambda with an Amazon Snowball Edge. July 25, 2017
New Amazon Web Services Region supported Amazon Snowball Edge is now supported in the Canada (Central) region, with region-specific shipping options. For more information, see Shipping Considerations for Amazon Snowball. June 29, 2017
Updated file interface functionality With the file interface, you can now choose the Network File System (NFS) clients that are allowed to access the file share on the Snowball Edge, in addition to accessing other support and troubleshooting features. For more information, see Transferring Files to Amazon Snowball Edge Using the File Interface. June 21, 2017
Updated cluster functionality Clusters can now be created in groups of 5–10 Amazon Snowball Edge devices. For more information, see Using an Amazon Snowball Edge Cluster. June 5, 2017
Updated compute information

The following updates have been made for Amazon Lambda powered by Amazon IoT Greengrass functions:

  • Event objects are now JSON objects like their cloud-based counterparts.

  • When you choose a function for a job, you also choose a specific version of the function. Each version of a function now has a separate Amazon Resource Name (ARN).

  • To improve latency, functions are loaded in memory when a job is created. When creating a compute job, keep in mind that you have a total of 3.744 GB of memory available for all the functions. If you need more functions than the memory can support, you need to create more jobs.

December 6, 2016
Introducing Amazon Amazon Snowball Edge The Amazon Snowball service now has two devices, the standard Snowball and the Amazon Snowball Edge device. With the new Snowball Edge, you can now create local storage and compute jobs, harnessing the power of the Amazon Web Services Cloud locally, without an internet connection. November 30, 2016