Getting started with Amazon DataSync

Connect to your storage, connect to our storage, and start copying

Getting started with DataSync is easy: 

Deploy the DataSync agent on premises, specify a file system or storage array using the NFS or SMB protocols, specify the API endpoint for your self-managed or cloud object storage, or specify a configuration to connect to HDFS on your Hadoop cluster. Then, select Amazon S3, Amazon EFS, Amazon FSx for Windows File Server, and Amazon FSx for Lustre as your Amazon Web Services Storage, and start moving data.

When transferring data between Amazon Storage services in the same Amazon account, you don’t need to deploy an agent. Set up your source and destination service using the Amazon DataSync console or API, and start your data transfer. You'll pay only for the data you copy.

Simple steps to get going


Sign up for a free Amazon Web Services account

If you don't have an Amazon Web Services account, set one up for free.

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Learn about DataSync

You can dig into the FAQs for key facts, and dive deeper in the docs. You are also encouraged to take the free 1 hour on-demand DataSync training to get a better understanding of how the service works and how it can benefit your business. In addition, you can view on-demand DataSync sessions, videos, demos, and blogs found on the DataSync resources page.

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Go to the Console

The DataSync console is where you start, configure, and manage DataSync operations.


To transfer data between on-premises storage and Amazon Web Services, deploy an agent

Associate the agent to your Amazon Web Services account via the Amazon Web Services Console or API. The agent will access your on-premises storage to read data from it or write to it. Deploying an agent is not required to transfer data between Amazon Web Services Storage services within the same Amazon Web Services account.


Create a data transfer task

Create a task by specifying the source location and destination location for your data transfer, and configure any options you want to use with the transfer, such as scheduling the task and enabling task reports.


Start the transfer

Start the task, monitor data movement in the console or with Amazon CloudWatch, and audit transfer tasks using task reports. Then, use the data however you want in Amazon Web Services.

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