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Big data is a relative term, in the context of Azure Data Box, the requirement would be to copy/move between 8 Terabytes (TB) and 1 Petabyte (PB) of data into or out of Microsoft Azure. Which would otherwise take too long to transfer over conventional internet connections. Too long, is also relative, so as an example: assuming you have 1PB of data to upload on a connection with 1 Gbit/s of bandwidth, this would still take ~100 days to transfer. Hence physically moving data between locations becomes a better and more stable option.


The service includes Microsoft sending you the storage hardware to load with your data before returning it so they can connect it to the required Azure Region, making the data available as an Azure Storage Account.


Depending on the size of the Data Box, expect anything from a single solid data disk (SSD) up to an entire trolley of rugged, self-contained storage. Packaged for security and resilience. Data in a box, shipped to/from the cloud.


See MS Learn for more information on this Resource here.

 

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