Amazon is taking data delivery to a whole new level with the announcement of Amazon Snowball. The tech giant is now using actual physical trucks to move data across the country instead of over the internet. What a cool truck driver job!
Amazon states: “With Snowball, you can transfer hundreds of terabytes or petabytes of data between your on-premises data centers and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). AWS Snowball uses Snowball appliances and provides powerful interfaces that you can use to create jobs, transfer data, and track the status of your jobs through to completion. By shipping your data in Snowballs, you can transfer large amounts of data at a significantly faster rate than if you were transferring that data over the Internet, saving you time and money.”
They will use 45-foot long trailers to visit businesses, plug into the servers and transfer up to 100 petabytes of data onboard, then haul to the Amazon data center where it is loaded to Amazon’s cloud service.
Just to get a sense of how much data this is, one petabyte is 1 million gigabytes. To go even larger, Amazon says that they can ship one exabyte, or 1,000 petabytes, of data in six months. This would take 26 years to do over an online connection. 26 years! Proving the fact that trucks really can deliver anything faster than most.
This should also open up new driving jobs with one of the world’s largest companies for drivers as well as show other carriers new avenues for adding jobs to the industry. If you are looking for a great driving job with over 100 of these carriers you can find them here.