Can the truck deliver data faster than high speed Internet? Amazon believe that Yes, if a lot of data. And offered at the annual conference for clients in Las Vegas unusual way of transferring large amounts of data from data centers in the cloud with Amazon Web Services (AWS).
During the presentation in the hall of the Sands Expo & Convention Center there was a huge Hauler with a trailer. The trailer, which the company called Snowmobile, shape and size resembles a cargo container and is a data store 100 petabytes (1 petabyte is 1 million gigabytes).
Amounts of information in databases of companies in recent times are measured not in terabytes, but in petabytes and even exabytes (1 billion gigabytes) and transfer them to cloud storage began to demand more time. Lightning fast speeds however in Amazon is not promised. Ten trucks with Snowmobile will be able to carry one exabyte of data from local to cloud storage in a little less than six months. According to the estimates of the same amount of data with high-speed Internet will be transmitted for approximately 26 years. The possibility of a relatively fast data transfer with Snowmobile and Snowball can attract customers to Amazon's cloud services. However, Jesse recognizes that most companies will many more years to use hybrid mode with cloud storage. So Amazon recently announced a partnership with VMware's customers, the latter will be able to take advantage of AWS services without transferring the data from their data centers.