AWS OpsHub


Course Introduction
Running Operations with the Snow Family
Course Conclusion
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This course takes an introductory look at the AWS Snow Family of devices, giving you an understanding of what they are and the problems they are designed to solve. The devices covered by this course include AWS Snowcone, Snowball, Snowmobile.

Learning Objectives

  • Define the AWS Snow Family
  • Understand the differences between AWS Snowcone, AWS Snowball, and AWS Snowmobile
  • Learn when you would use each service in a production environment
  • Understand their key features and how to request a snow device

Intended Audience

This course has been designed to help those who are new to the AWS snow family of devices and are potentially looking at them to assist with data import/export requirements for migrating data into and out of AWS.


To get the most out of this course, you should have an understanding and awareness of the Amazon S3 storage service, as well as a basic understanding of edge computing.


This is going to be a very quick review of AWS OpsHub, which has been designed with the AWS Snow family of services in mind.  It provides a graphical user interface to help you manage your snow family of devices.  It doesn’t come as a service as you would normally see in the AWS Management Console, instead, it’s an application that can be downloaded onto a Mac OS or Windows client.  

When you receive a snow device from the snow family, you can download the AWS OpsHub management software which can then be used to unlock your device allowing you to configure and manage it and it’s operations. As a result, within a very short space of time, you are able to begin your data transfer through simple drag and drop operations.  Previously, you were required to configure and manage the device by using the AWS CLI or REST APIs, this approach of using AWS OpsHub makes it a lot more intuitive and easier to do.

It can also be used to configure fleets of clustered snow devices if you have requested more than one.  It also comes with a dashboard which provides an overview and summary screen displaying metrics relating to your snow device and these metrics relate to both storage and compute resources. Integrating with AWS Systems Manager, it can also easily help you with the automation of different tasks.

So in summary, it’s a very useful tool allowing you to quickly and easily manage your snow device upon arrival using a simple GUI.

About the Author
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Stuart has been working within the IT industry for two decades covering a huge range of topic areas and technologies, from data center and network infrastructure design, to cloud architecture and implementation.

To date, Stuart has created 150+ courses relating to Cloud reaching over 180,000 students, mostly within the AWS category and with a heavy focus on security and compliance.

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In January 2016 Stuart was awarded ‘Expert of the Year Award 2015’ from Experts Exchange for his knowledge share within cloud services to the community.

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