Amazon Launches Snowball – Storage Appliance For Importing Data To AWS

Amazon surprised developers today with the launch of a device dubbed as Snowball. Snowball is  a new physical appliance that will allow Amazon Web Service users to ship huge amounts of data for import by shipping the device back and forth between their offices and the AWS data centers.

The appliance is a bit larger than an old-school desktop case and it can hold up to 50 terabytes of data. It has a Kindle on the side, which functions as an automatic shipping label. Amazon says the case can withstand a 6 G jolt and is entirely self-contained, with a 110-volt power supply and 10 GB network connection built-in.

Amazon have a set price for using this service. It will cost you $200 for 10 days of usage, each extra date on site will cost you an additional $15 per day. Amazon are not going to charge for importing the data from snowball back into your S3 appliance on their servers.

After you set up a “snowball” on their website, Amazon will ship the storage appliance. You then import your data and ship it back to amazon, using the embedded kindle as a shipping label. At the moment, all of the data will be imported into the companies Oregon data center; they say additional data centers are coming soon.

Google Compute Engine Drops Out Of Beta

Google, the company well-known for keeping products in beta for the longest time, has just announced that its Infrastructure as a Service offering, Google Computer Engine, has gone into “general availability”.

Besides the announcement, Google is also dropping its pricing by a not insignificant 10% in all regions for the most popular compute instances and a whopping 60% in the case of persistent disk storage. GCE has only been in beta for a little over 12 months, such a short time to GA indicates the seriousness with which Google approaches this market, and the fear it has of rival such as Amazon Web Services.

The GCE was supported only in Debian and CentOS, but the company has announced that developers will be able to use any standard Linux distribution, including SELinux and CoreOS as well as SUSE, FreeBSD and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Google has also announced that it is beginning support for Docker, the workload portability tool that has gained massive attention in the few months since it was announced. Docker allows developers to build applications in a local environment and then move their application“container”to a production infrastructure location, allowing them to move their applications easily between different IaaS vendors.

Finally, Google has introduced some new instance types. The three new 16-core instance types look like a direct response to a similar announcement by AWS recently aimed at giving high-performance workloads a turbo server to run on.

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