back to article There's a courier here says he's got 50TB of cloud data for you

Amazon Web Services has announced it will happily delivery 50TB of cloud data to your doorstep. The data will arrive wrapped in a Snowball, the rugged 50TB array the company revealed last year as a way to import data to its cloudy storage services. Amazon's idea with Snowball is that lots of people want to adopt cloud storage …

  1. John Tserkezis

    How do you move 50Tb of data in 10 days minus shipping?

    1. Adam 52 Silver badge

      If my sums are right, it's way less than 100MB/sec, so easily within the capability of any half decent LAN. The point of snowball is that you attach it to a local switch.

      1. John H Woods Silver badge

        "If my sums are right, it's way less than 100MB/sec" -- Adam52

        A Snowball weighs about 23kg and could easily be checked as hold baggage on a plane. It would take a few hours to extract its 50TB over its 10Gb/s port. So by speeding up the shipping a bit you can probably get it anywhere it could be useful within a day, giving you about 600MB/s equivalent making it well over 100x faster than a T3 line.

        Executed expeditiously, moving physical storage is faster than networking: always has been, and I think always will be. The Snowball is heavy (ruggedness & self contained PSU, etc) and is only about 2TB/kg, whereas plain old SSDs are > 10x the data per mass. A 747 full of SSDs travelling LON->NYC is probably a Snowball per second.

        1. wikkity

          RE: So by speeding up the shipping a bit

          Maybe if you have an amazon prime account you get 1 day shipping?

        2. bpfh

          747 full of SSD's?

          I thought a 747 was an El Reg measurement of length, and olympic swimming pools a measurement of volume...

          An olympic pool is 2500m3,

          A 747-400F is 607.7m3 of transport space and is 70.6 metres long.

          LON->NY: 5576 km and 6 hours

          So rounding things off in proper terms that everyone can easily understand is that 1 Snowball per second is 1/4 an olympic swimming pool of SSD's transported in 6 hours over of a length of 79000 Boeing 747's.


  2. Chris Miller

    Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway. - Andrew S Tanenbaum

    1. Alan Edwards

      Beat me to it :)

      If you've got 50 terabytes to shift, it's almost certainly quicker to put the disks in a van than try to do it over the interwebs. Especially when someone turns something vital off at 95% done :)

      You do run the risk of losing the lot when the van gets t-boned by a bus, though.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        You do run the risk of losing the lot when the van gets t-boned by a bus, though.


        That's why you copy instead of moving....

  3. Paul Smith

    At last...

    The cloud just got physical!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: At last...

      You swine!!!

      Now I can't get Olivia Newton John out of my head...

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