Azure Data Box was first announced at Microsoft Ignite, a portable simple way to move large datasets into Azure. Customers so far have been able to use this to move petabytes of data into Azure.

How it works!

Data Box Disk uses the same infrastructure and management experience as Azure Data Box. Users can receive up to five 8TB disks totalling 40TB per order. Data Box utilises SSD’s. This is also shipped overnight so data transfers can be completed in as little as 7 days.

The disks connect via USB or SATA and simple commands such as ‘robocopy’ or drag-an-drop can be used to move data. Once returned to the Azure DC the data is securely uploaded and the disks are cryptographically erased. Data Box Disk uses AES 128-bit encryption so the data is safe at every point in the process just like the Data Box.