AWS Snowball customers can now manage their connected Snowball Edge devices remotely. IT Pros can now operate these devices from AWS OpsHub or the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), even when these devices are geographically dispersed.
The AWS Snow Family is designed for business customers that need computing power and storage in non-data center environments where there is often a lack of consistent network connectivity. AWS Snow Family devices are owned and managed by Amazon Web Services, and they integrate with the AWS cloud.
Previously, businesses were only able to manage Snowball devices that were physically present on their local network. As these businesses expanded the number of sites where they deployed Snowball devices, they needed a scalable way to manage them from a central location.
AWS Snow Family remote monitoring and management now enables customers to remotely view a central dashboard and see whether a device is online or unlocked, and monitor usage metrics such as available storage and compute capacity. In addition, customers can remotely unlock or reboot devices deployed remotely.
You can manage from one to thousands of AWS Snow Family devices from AWS OpsHub or the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI). The remote management features can be turned on when first ordering a Snowball Edge device or after it’s deployed on-site. Once the remote management feature is turned on and the device has an Internet connection, it will automatically create a secure connection to the AWS Cloud and begin sending device status information.
The AWS Snow Family is comprised of AWS Snowcone, AWS Snowball, and AWS Snowmobile.
AWS Snow Family remote management is available in all commercial regions where Snowball Edge devices are available except AWS China (Beijing) operated by Sinnet, AWS China (Ningxia) operated by NWCD, Africa (Cape Town), Asia Pacific (Osaka), and Europe (Milan). To get more details, check out the AWS Snowball product page or the AWS Snowball documentation.