During the course of its annual customer conference held in Las Vegas on Wednesday, online retail giant Amazon proposed the use of trucks for moving data from bigwig corporate customers' data centers to its public cloud- computing operation.
With Amazon. com Inc. having already built one of the world's most powerful computing networks in Amazon Web Services, the proposal to use trucks to move massive amounts of data is apparently rooted in the company's conviction that trucks can move data faster than networks.
Amazon brought its proposal for moving data with the help of trucks in the spotlight at the conference when it drove a huge tractor-trailer onto the floor of the Sands Expo & Convention Center.
Hauled on the big tractor-trailer was a massive storage device - called Snowmobile - in the form of a 45-foot shipping container which is capable of holding 100 petabytes of data. A petabyte, for the sake of reference, amounts to approximately 1 million gigabytes.
In proposing the use of trucks to move massive amounts of data, Amazon said that it plans to drive the Snowmobile storage devices to the offices of its customers, for extracting data and then moving it to an Amazon facility where the time taken for the transfer of information to the cloud-computing network would be much less as compared to the time taken for so much data to travel over the web.