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  • Snowball vs. Snowball Edge

  • travis-greene

    May 1, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    So this is quite confusing. If you read the Snowball FAQ (
    https://aws.amazon.com/snowball/faqs/) it clearly states that “The original Snowball devices were transitioned out of service and Snowball Edge Storage Optimized are now the primary devices used for data transfer.” but if you look at the documentation (https://docs.aws.amazon.com/snowball/latest/ug/device-differences.html) it talks about it as if it was still a thing.

    But then if you look into the Snow family page (https://aws.amazon.com/snow/) it states “AWS Snowball is a data migration and edge computing device that comes in two device options: Compute Optimized and Storage Optimized”

    So I am a bit confused. Anyone who uses Snowball knows what the real thing is?

  • kung

    May 3, 2020 at 5:02 am

    The AWS documentation is not up-to-date. I have provided feedback to AWS on that already.
    The faq was only updated last month, while the userguide is from 2018 I believe…

    So there are/were:
    Snowball (old default, now transitioned out of service)
    Snowball Edge Compute Optimized
    Snowball Edge Storage Optimized (current default)

    I think you can still order the Snowball Edge Compute Optimized


  • Jon-Bonso

    May 3, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    Hi Travis,

    Thank you for posting your question. AWS is always changing and they have a lot of updates on their service. This change was done quite recently, just two months ago (March 2020):


    Take note that it will take about 6 months before any new change will be reflected in the actual AWS exam, as per the official AWS Certification FAQs:

    When AWS releases a new product or service, how soon will it appear on the exam?

    A new product, service, or feature must be generally available (GA) for 6 months prior to it appearing on a certification exam. Note that this applies only to certification exams, not training: training will cover new services and features more quickly. The AWS Certification team wants to ensure candidates have enough time to work with new services and features before they are assessed against the new material.

    Reference: https://aws.amazon.com/certification/faqs/

    We will eventually update this scenario after a few months when we have confirmed that AWS also updated its exam.

    Let us know if you need further assistance. The Tutorials Dojo team is dedicated to help you pass your AWS exam on your first try!


    Jon Bonso @ Tutorials Dojo

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