AWS-Migration Services

AWS Import/ExportAWS Import/Export is a data transport service used to move large amounts of data into and out of the Amazon Web Services public cloud using portable storage devices for transport.

You send your own disk to AWS. Someone at AWS plugs it in and copies your data too S3.

The service also enables a user to perform an export job from Amazon S3, but not from Amazon EBS or Glacier.
AWS SnowballPetabyte Scale data transport solution for transferring data into or out of AWS.

Can copy upto 80 TB of Data.

Uses a secure storage device for Physical transport.

AWS Snowball is software that is installed on a local computer and used to identify, encrypt, compress and transfer data.

Uses 256-bit encryption

Snowball must be ordered and returned to same region.

To speed up data transfer it is recommended to run simultaneous instances of the AWS Snowball Client in multiple terminals and transfer small files as batches.

Snowball can import to S3 or export from S3
AWS Snowball Edge Same as Snowball.
Can copy upto 80 TB of Data.
Comes with Compute capabilities with onboard Lamda and Clustering.
AWS SnowmobileExabyte scale transportation.A Shipping container with upto 100 PB Storage and a truck to transport it.

How should I choose between Snowmobile and Snowball?

If dataset is more than 10PB Snowmobile should be used.

For datasets less than 10PB or distributed in multiple locations, you should use Snowball.

In addition, you should evaluate the amount of available bandwidth in your network backbone. If you have a high speed backbone with hundreds of Gb/s of spare throughput, then you can use Snowmobile to migrate the large datasets all at once.

If you have limited bandwidth on your backbone, you should consider using multiple Snowballs to migrate the data incrementally.

At a high level, when using AWS DMS you do the following:
– Create a replication server.
– Create source and target endpoints that have connection information about your data stores.
– Create one or more migration tasks to migrate data between the source and target data stores.


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