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The AWS team introduced AWS DataSync, an online data transfer service for automating data movement, yesterday. AWS DataSync offers data transfer from on-premises storage to Amazon S3 or Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) and vice versa. Let’s have a look at what’s new in AWS DataSync.

Key Functionalities

  • Move data 10x faster: AWS DataSync uses a purpose-built data transfer protocol along with a parallel, multi-threaded architecture that has the capability to run 10 times as fast as open source data transfer. This also speeds up the migration process and the recurring data processing workflows for analytics, machine learning, and data protection processes.
  • Per-gigabyte fee: It is a managed service and you only need to pay the per-gigabyte fee which is paying only for the amount of data that you transfer. Other than that, there are no upfront costs and no minimum fees.
  • DataSync Agent: The ‘AWS DataSync Agent’ is a crucial part of the service. It helps connect to your existing storage and the in-cloud service to automate, scale, and validate transfers. This, in turn, ensures that you don’t have to write scripts, or modify the applications.
  • Easy setup: It is very easy to set up and use (Console and CLI access is available). All you need to do is deploy the DataSync agent on-premises, then connect it to your file systems using the Network File System (NFS) protocol. After this, select Amazon EFS or S3 as your AWS storage, and you can start moving the data.
  • Secure data transfer: AWS DataSync offers secure data transfer over the Internet or AWS Direct Connect. It also comes with automatic encryption and data. This, in turn, minimizes the in-house development and management which is needed for fast and secure transfers.
  • Simplify and automate data transfer: With the help of AWS DataSync, you can perform one-time data migrations, transfer the on-premises data for timely in-cloud analysis, and automate the replication to AWS to ensure data protection and recovery.

AWS DataSync is available for use from now in the US East, US West, Europe and Asia Pacific Regions.

For more information, check out the official AWS DataSync blog post. 

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