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You may have seen my previous Azure Every Day post on Azure Data Box and Azure Data Box Disk. These are a great option for getting smaller workloads, up to 80 terabytes of data, quickly up into Azure. Rather than moving it over the wire, you can send a box and bring it up.
The Data Box Heavy works the same, but you can use much larger amounts of data with up to a petabyte of space. Let’s review the Data Box process:
The Data Box Heavy is ideally suited to transfer data sizes larger than 500 terabytes. If you used a Data Box with it’s 80 terabytes, you’d need 5 or 6 of those in place of the Heavy. When you have those larger data sizes, it makes more sense to have it on one machine.
The data movement can be a one time or periodic thing, depending on the use case. So, if you want to do an initial bulk data load, you can move that over and then follow that up with periodic transfers.
Some scenarios or use cases would be:
This is a very cool technology and an exceptional solution for moving data up in a more efficient manner when you have huge, terabyte-scale amounts of data. If you require something like this, it’s surely worth checking out.If you have questions about Data Box, Data Disk or Data Box Heavy or anything Azure related, we’re here for you. We’ve done great things within the Azure platform and there are many great options there. Click the link below or contact us—we’d love to help.
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