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AWS Edge Storage, Data Transfer, and File Transfer Services Getting Started

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This course is scheduled to be updated on Monday, November 20, 2023 at which time your progress in the course will be disrupted. If you have completed the course prior to that date, your progress will not be impacted.


AWS Storage provides you with the services you need to build the storage solution that’s right for your organization. Edge compute and storage, offline and online data transfer, and managed file transfer services provide you those additional tools to develop your complete storage solutions. You will discover the depth and breadth of edge local compute storage, data transfer, and managed file transfer service options available for you to choose from to meet your organization’s requirements. The AWS edge storage services include, AWS Snow Family of services using AWS Snowcone and AWS Snowball Edge for local compute and storage and offline data transfer service. AWS data transfer and managed file transfer services include AWS DataSync for online data transfer and AWS Transfer Family for managed file transfer workflows. You can select from these different service offerings and apply them to your organization’s needs and determine the possible paths you can take to arrive at the best storage solution.

Before choosing an AWS Storage solution, AWS recommends that you first assess what storage characteristics are appropriate for your applications and business. After familiarizing yourself with AWS Storage, you can then compare your requirements to the available AWS Storage services and select the solution that meets your needs.

This course introduces customers to the benefits, features, use cases, and considerations for AWS edge storage services, offline and online data transfer, and managed file transfer services. By the end of the course, learners will be able to discuss the services and their features and use cases.

  • Course level: Fundamental
  • Duration: 1 hour(s) 5 minutes


This course includes: Online materials, demonstrations, and knowledge check questions.

Course objectives

In this course, you will learn to:

  • Differentiate between AWS Snowcone and AWS Snowball Edge.
  • Discuss the AWS Snow Family job types.
  • Describe the AWS DataSync service.
  • Explain when to use AWS Transfer Family as a managed file transfer service.

Intended audience

This course is intended for:

  • Storage architects
  • Business Managers
  • Data engineers
  • IT Managers
  • Storage developers


We recommend that attendees of this course have:

  • Completed course titled – AWS Storage Services - Portfolio Introduction
  • Recommend AWS Cloud Practitioner

Course outline

Section 1: Overview

  • Lesson 1: How to Use This Course
  • Lesson 2: Course Overview

Section 2: AWS Snow Family Overview

  • Lesson 3: AWS Snow Family Introduction
  • Lesson 4: AWS Snow Family jobs and shared use cases

Section 3: AWS Snowcone

  • Lesson 5: Introduction to AWS Snowcone
  • Lesson 6: AWS Snowcone Features
  • Lesson 7: Knowledge Check

Section 4: AWS Snowball Edge

  • Lesson 8: Introduction to AWS Snowball Edge
  • Lesson 9: AWS Snowball Edge Features
  • Lesson 10: Knowledge Check

Section 5: AWS DataSync

  • Lesson 11: Introduction to AWS DataSync
  • Lesson 12: AWS DataSync Features
  • Lesson 13: AWS DataSync Architecture and Use Cases
  • Lesson 14: Demonstration
  • Lesson 15: Knowledge Check

Section 6: AWS Transfer Family

  • Lesson 16: Introduction to AWS Transfer Family
  • Lesson 17: AWS Transfer Family Features
  • Lesson 18: AWS Transfer Family Architecture and Use Cases
  • Lesson 19: Knowledge Check

Section 7: Additional Resources and Feedback

  • Lesson 19: Additional Resources
  • Lesson 20: Contact Us


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