back to article WANdisco sticks Fusion into Amazon's Snowballs for mega-petabyte data pelt

WANdisco is integrating its Fusion product with Amazon's Snowball product, which moves massive amounts of data to its public cloud. Snowball is the AWS method of transporting large amounts of data to its public cloud; data amounts so large that digital transmission across a wide-area network (WAN) would take weeks or more and …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    A new Remote Job Entry terminal was connected to a mainframe - reading punched cards and then printing output. This was the cutting edge of technology (1972) at 2400bps half-duplex.

    When installed at a satellite office about a mile away it was in competition with their existing system - a man on a "grocer" basket pedal bicycle. The man on the bike won all the time if there was a substantial amount of cards and printout in a run.

    Even 20 years ago a proposed off-site backup system required so much bandwidth that we advised them to use an overnight courier instead.

    1. diginoise

      Snowball is here your man on a grocer bicycle (multiplied by an insanely large number)

      Fusion is the occasional single man on a bicycle carrying the cards for records that changed.

      1. phuzz Silver badge

        Never underestimate the bandwidth of a grocer's bike loaded with backup tapes.

  2. Robert D Bank

    nothing new here

    I've been involved in two datacentre moves involving trucking disk in 1998 and 2001. It was the only feasible option. First used IBM dual copy and the next used IBM XRC. The second one had 3 dry runs abd worked a treat.

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