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Amazon Brings EC2 To Enterprise Datacenter Through AWS Snowball Edge

AWS announced that it is adding the ability to run Amazon EC2 instances on Snowball Edge, the portable device meant for bulk data ingestion into the cloud.

Announced at the re:Invent conference in 2016, Snowball Edge is an extension of the purpose-built data transfer device known as Snowball. The fundamental difference between Snowball and Snowball Edge lies in the functionality. The former is just a bulk import/export appliance while the later exposes endpoints compatible with Amazon S3, AWS Lambda, and even NFS. With the addition of Amazon EC2, Snowball Edge can now run full-blown virtual machines. It is also possible to connect multiple Snowball Edge devices to form a local cluster that is centrally managed from AWS Console.

In its current form, Snowball Edge qualifies to become a hyper converged infrastructure appliance. The storage layer is exposed through an S3-compatible API while compute is available through EC2 and Lambda. The device supports 10GBase-T network connection, 10/25Gb SFP28 and 40Gb QSFP+ copper, and optical networking for lightning-fast data transfer.

Read the entire article at Forbes

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.