Adding AWS Snowball Edge Storage
AWS Snowball Edge is a physical device which you can request for a short period of time from Amazon. It can be temporarily attached to the backup infrastructure and used as an object storage. For more information about ordering AWS Snowball Edge and preparing to use it, see this Amazon article.
This device might become useful when you need to offload a significant number of backup files occupying storage space on your extents, as offloading data to the AWS Snowball Edge device is much faster than transferring the same amount of data directly to Amazon object storage. Once you have offloaded backups to AWS Snowball Edge, you need to ship the device back to Amazon for further data synchronization with your storage account, as described in Seeding Backups to AWS Snowball Edge Storage.
Consider the following:
- To maintain the device performance, be sure to select Local target or Local target (large blocks) as the storage optimization option when you configure a backup job. For more information on the optimization, see Storage Optimization.
- When you configure a scale-out backup repository with AWS Snowball Edge as the capacity extent, it is recommended to only use the copy policy. This way you keep copy of the data on your local storage which helps you reduce the risk of data loss if the device is damaged during shipping. It will also ensure that the backup data is available for restore operations while AWS Snowball Edge is in shipment.
- For information on FIPS status of AWS Snowball Edge Storage, see Amazon official updates.
To add AWS Snowball Edge storage, do the following: