AWS DataSync Use Cases
AWS DataSync Use Cases

This course explores the AWS DataSync service which focuses on the transfer of data between on-premises into AWS storage services, in addition to transferring data between AWS storage services.

Learning objectives

  • Define what AWS DataSync is and what it's used for
  • Understand AWS DataSync use cases
  • Define the architecture and process of using AWS DataSync to transfer data from on-premises to AWS
  • Define the architecture and process of using AWS DataSync to transfer data between different AWS storage services

Intended Audience

This course has been designed to assist those who are responsible for managing and maintaining data and storage solutions, also it would be advantageous to anyone who is looking to take an AWS associate level exam.


To get the most out of this course, it would be beneficial to have a basic awareness of the different available AWS Storage Services, including Amazon S3, EFS, and FSx for Windows Server.


Let me run through a couple of scenarios whereby you might choose to use AWS DataSync in a live environment.  

Firstly one that will probably be familiar to a lot of people, and that is archiving data into cold storage.  You may have been running your own on-premise storage services for a long time, and you have a lot of data residing in that storage architecture that would be better suited for cloud storage, in particular that of the Amazon S3 Glacier storage classes, perhaps Glacier Deep Archive which is the cheapest storage solution provided by AWS primarily used for archiving rarely accessed data.  By utilising AWS DataSync you can schedule a task to migrate this data from your own data centre into one of the Glacier storage services.  This then ensures the durability of the data at a very low cost without the worry of maintaining that data yourself on-premises.  This would also likely allow you to remove any old and perhaps legacy storage solution that you were using to store this data yourself.  

The next use case might be related to the need to implement steady and active data migrations to Amazon S3, Amazon FSx for Windows File Server or EFS on a regular basis.  Depending on your workload will depend on which service you are migrating to.  You might want to consider this option for potential backup purposes or DR, for example you might migrate data you EFS for a standby file system in the cloud should your primary on-site file system suffer an outage.   

Finally, let’s assume you are utilising a hybrid cloud solution, utilising services and solutions both on premises and in AWS.  Occasionally you might need to harness the power and speed that many of the AWS services have, this is especially true if you are working with Machine learning or trying to process data sets in a short period of time.  You could migrate the data into AWS for this additional processing and analysis and then migrate data back with any results into your Data Centre when your operations have completed.



Introduction - What is AWS DataSync? - AWS DataSync Architecture - Summary

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Stuart has been working within the IT industry for two decades covering a huge range of topic areas and technologies, from data center and network infrastructure design, to cloud architecture and implementation.

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