AWS powers new big data services with giant hard disks

Amazon Web Services is going retro to help companies deal with big data workloads. The cloud provider announced Tuesday it’s launching two new volume types for its Elastic Block Store service that are powered by traditional, spinning disk hard drives. 

The new Throughput-Optimized HDD and Cold HDD EBS volume types let companies store files cheaply in a way that’s still useful for big data workloads like MapReduce and Kafka. The Throughput-Optimized service is aimed at apps that use data frequently, while the Cold HDD service is built for applications that reference items less frequently. 

To get all of that data into AWS, customers can now call on a new 80TB Snowball storage appliance. That joins the existing 50TB Snowball, which was already available for users to order from AWS and get delivered to their data center for data transfer. Using the Snowball, users can ship their data securely from on-premises servers to Amazon’s. 

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