In March I opined on the remarkable engineering in AWS Snowball and AWS Snowball Edge. There are many trends in tech now and some of them, like the specific capabilities in this cloud computing domain, can seem like they are slow to develop till they are right on you. This is one of those times when I felt surprised. I’ve been tracking cloud computing, big data and even AWS for years, but was surprised when I found out what was available right this moment. I have to admit I was also excited to see what is available right now.
I was also surprised after publishing that post to get lots of inbound contact from friends and associates that are excited about this. One told me how they are testing these for shipboard architectures. That makes sense. Another pointed out the use case they are exploring regarding airborne use, where a flight carries the right number of Snowball and then when it lands immediately ship it off for processing. There are several NASA and NOAA and Geospatial related missions that could benefit from that.
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