AWS Import/Export accelerates transferring large amounts of data between the AWS cloud and portable storage devices that you mail to us. AWS transfers data directly onto and off of your storage devices using Amazon’s high-speed internal network. Your data load typically begins the next business day after your storage device arrives at AWS. After the data export or import completes, we return your storage device. For large data sets, AWS Import/Export can be significantly faster than Internet transfer and more cost effective than upgrading your connectivity.
AWS Import/Export supports:
Import to Amazon S3
Export from Amazon S3
Import to Amazon EBS
Import to Amazon Glacier
AWS Import/Export does not currently support export from Amazon EBS or Amazon Glacier.
This guide assumes that you are an Amazon S3 user, an Amazon Glacier user, or an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) user for Amazon EBS data. If that is not the case, go to the Amazon S3 Getting Started Guide, Amazon Glacier Developer Guide, or Amazon EC2 Getting Started Guide for Amazon EBS data.
Using AWS Import/Export provides the following major advantages:
AWS Import/Export provides a command line tool for creating import and export jobs, without writing any code. For applications requiring programming interface, AWS SDK provides Java, .NET and PHP libraries to create and manage import and export jobs. You can also optionally use the REST interface when working with AWS Import/Export.
There are also third party tools that support AWS Import/Export. For more information, go to http://aws.amazon.com/importexport/tools.