AWS unveils edge tech to help defence customers cope with extreme environments

AWS unveils edge tech to help defence customers cope with extreme environments Duncan is an award-winning technology industry analyst, specialising in cloud computing, blockchain, martech and edge computing.


AWS has made AWS Snowblade available for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) contract customers.

AWS Snowblade is designed to provide AWS compute, storage, and other hybrid services in remote locations, including Denied, Disrupted, Intermittent, and Limited (DDIL) environments for the DoD. AWS Snowblade is the first AWS Snow Family device designed to meet U.S. Military Ruggedization Standards (MIL-STD-810H), enabling JWCC defence customers to run their operations in edge locations that can be subject to extreme temperatures, vibrations, and shocks.

With support for 208 vCPU in a portable, compact 5U, half-rack width form-factor, AWS Snowblade is the densest compute device of the AWS Snow Family allowing JWCC customers to run demanding workloads in space, weight, and power (SWaP) constrained edge locations.

The tech adds to the AWS hybrid cloud and edge computing services that extend AWS infrastructure and services to the tactical edge, helping run low-latency applications close to where data originates, is processed, and acted upon. AWS Snowblade supports a select set of AWS services that include Amazon EC2, AWS IAM, AWS CloudTrail, AWS IoT Greengrass, AWS Deep Learning AMIs, Amazon Sagemaker Neo, and AWS DataSync.

Using AWS hybrid cloud services like AWS Snowblade, customers can benefit from a consistent AWS experience using the same services, APIs, and tools to develop, deploy, and manage their applications from AWS Region to the tactical edge locations. 

AWS Snowblade is available in the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region. AWS Snowblade is limited to U.S. Department of Defense customers under the Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability (JWCC) contract.

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