Video: Watch AWS Try to Blow up Its Snowball Data Transfer Box

They wanted to see if it meets the MIL-S-901D military standard.

Nicole Henderson, Contributor

March 14, 2017

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Video: Watch AWS Try to Blow up Its Snowball Data Transfer Box
Bill Vass, AWS VP of engineering, showcases Amazon Snowball at AWS re:Invent 2015 (Image: re:Invent live stream)


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Suggested search terms for “military grade” bring up a military grade flashlight, cell phone, watches, and laser, but it seems military grade Snowball could be a popular search term yet.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) released a video shock-testing its Snowball Edge data transfer device to see if its systems meet the MIL-S-901D military standard.

AWS launched its Snowball Edge box at AWS re:Invent in November. The device is used to transfer data physically from data centers to the cloud, and it can transport up to 100 TB of data, two times more than the original AWS Snowball. Watch AWS demonstrate how the Snowball Edge stands up to explosives below:

Watch AWS CEO Andy Jassy introduce the Snowball Edge at AWS re:Invent here:

This post originally appeared on Talkin' Cloud.

About the Author(s)

Nicole Henderson

Contributor, IT Pro Today

Nicole Henderson covers daily cloud news and features online for ITPro Today. Prior to ITPro Today, she was editor at Talkin' Cloud (now Channel Futures) and the WHIR. She has a bachelor of journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto.

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