I'm Walter Scott founder of digital globe and we had a big data problem actually it was an enormous data problem and Amazon Web Services was the answer from 400 miles above our constellation of five satellites captures Earth imagery with incredible resolution and accuracy it powers some of the world's most widely used mapping and location enabled applications it lets first responders reach survivors and distribute aid in the aftermath of natural disasters and it's fueling a new era of global transparency enabling critical decisions to be made with confidence but we're talking here about big heavy data this time-lapse image library that we've masked over the past two decades is 100 petabytes of data and it's growing at 10 petabytes every year so to deal with this we built our own IT infrastructure but that meant that our hundred petabytes of data was in jail our customers couldn't get access to it and after all who wants to be moving around petabytes of data and who has the compute resources to do analytics on that data at massive scale the answer is Amazon Web Services rather than bringing the data to our customers we're moving the data to the cloud and that gives them access to the elastic cloud computing resources available with Amazon Web Services but how do we get 100 petabytes of data that we've collected into the Amazon Cloud to move this over a typical 50 megabit broadband connection would take four to maybe four years so that's why we're one of the first customers for Amazon Web Services 80 terabyte snowballs but remember our image library is 100 petabytes and that's a lot of snowballs we need a bigger snowball one that you can see from space this is the Amazon Web Services snowmobile the world's fastest and most cost-effective data transfer solution digital globe is thrilled to be the first customer for this amazing data transfer solution with our data now in the cloud we can unlock its true potential we built our geospatial Big Data platform called GB DX on top of Amazon Web Services to let our customers tap into the digital globe and answer complex questions at global-scale GBD X uses crowdsourcing and machine learning to map and attribute the 15 million structures in Australia for a customer in the insurance industry it's being used to monitor metrics such as national manufacturing output for the financial services industry it's being used to develop an air traffic management system for drones and it's being used to detect vulnerable populations in the developing world a growing ecosystem of geospatial content producers and consumers now have easy access to the world's largest highest quality commercial satellite imagery library so what problems can digital globe help you solve with GV DX

Moving Big Data to the Cloud with AWS Snowmobile
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4 thoughts on “Moving Big Data to the Cloud with AWS Snowmobile

  • July 29, 2019 at 11:08 pm
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    Now can it transfer a bat?

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  • July 29, 2019 at 11:08 pm
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    Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 11:08 pm
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    The Snowmobile is the SHIT when it comes to moving data to the cloud!

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