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Microsoft makes Azure Data Box generally available for heavy duty data migration

September 26, 2018 / James Bourne

More and more enterprise data is being transferred to the cloud, but sometimes the journey can break the network's back - which calls for less virtual and more physical solutions. Microsoft has announced the general availability of Azure Data Box, a physical box which organisations can order, fill up, and then return to Redmond for it to be uploaded to an Azure environment. Companies and users can store up to 100 TB per standard box, with variables either way. The newly announced Data Box Heavy can handle up to 1 PB of data, while Data Box Disks go up to 40 TB. For those who may consider this a decidedly low-tech method of cloudy data transfer, it is worth noting Amazon Web Services (AWS) has long since had Snowball, a petabyte-scale data migration tool which carries similar bulk as Azure Data Box. AWS also has the Snowmobile, a 45-foot long shipping container, for data loads up to 100 PB.