Create an Amazon DataSync agent - Amazon DataSync
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Create an Amazon DataSync agent

Whether you're planning a data migration or ready to move data, you may need an Amazon DataSync agent for the following reasons:

  • Understanding your storage – DataSync Discovery uses an agent to collect information about how an on-premises storage system is used and configured.

  • Transferring your data – DataSync uses an agent to read from and write to storage systems that are located on-premises or in other clouds.


    You don't need an agent when transferring between Amazon storage services in the same Amazon Web Services account. If this is what you're trying to do, skip ahead to Create a source location for Amazon DataSync.

We recommend using separate agents for DataSync Discovery and DataSync transfers. For DataSync transfers, you can reuse an agent if it can access your storage system and has been activated in the same Amazon Web Services Region.