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AWS Storage Gateway
User Guide (API Version 2013-06-30)

Document History for AWS Storage Gateway

The following table describes important changes to the documentation since the last release of the AWS Storage Gateway User Guide.

  • API version: 2013-06-30

  • Latest documentation update: November 21, 2017

Change Description Date Changed

Support for file upload notification and guessing of the MIME type

File gateway now enables you to get notification when all files written to your NFS file share have been uploaded to Amazon S3. For more information, see NotifyWhenUploaded in the AWS Storage Gateway API Reference.

File gateway now enables guessing of the MIME type for uploaded objects based on file extensions. For more information, see Creating a File Share.

In this release

Support for VMware ESXi Hypervisor version 6.5

AWS Storage Gateway now supports VMware ESXi Hypervisor version 6.5. This is in addition to version 4.1, 5.0, 5.1, 5.5 and 6.0. For more information, see Supported Hypervisors and Host Requirements.

In this release September 13, 2017

Compatibility with Commvault 11

Tape gateway is now compatible with Commvault 11. You can now use Commvault to back up your data to Amazon S3 and archive directly to Amazon Glacier. For more information, see Testing Your Setup by Using Commvault .

September 12, 2017

File gateway support for Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor

You can now deploy a file gateway on a Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor. For information, see Supported Hypervisors and Host Requirements.

June 22, 2017

Support for three to five hour tape retrieval from archive

For tape gateway, you can now retrieve your tapes from archive in three to five hours. You can also determine the amount of data written to your tape from your backup application or your virtual tape library (VTL). For more information, see Viewing Tape Usage.

May 23, 2017

New region

AWS Storage Gateway is now available in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region. For detailed information, see Regions.

May 02, 2017

Updates to file share settings

Support for cache refresh for file shares

File gateway now adds mount options to the file share settings. You can now set squash and read-only options for your file share. For more information, see Creating a File Share.

File gateway now has the ability to find objects in the Amazon S3 bucket that were added or removed since the gateway last listed the bucket's contents and cached the results. For more information, see RefreshCache in the API Reference.

March 28, 2017

Support for cloning a volume

For cached volume gateways, AWS Storage Gateway now supports the ability to clone a volume from an existing volume. For more information, see Cloning a Volume.

March 16, 2017

Support for file gateways on Amazon EC2

AWS Storage Gateway now provides the ability to deploy a file gateway in Amazon EC2. You can launch a file gateway in Amazon EC2 using the Storage Gateway Amazon Machine Image (AMI) now available as a community AMI. For information about how to create a file gateway and deploy it on an EC2 instance, see Creating a Gateway. For information about how to launch a file gateway AMI, see Deploying File Gateway on an Amazon EC2 Host.

In addition, file gateway now supports for HTTP proxy configuration. For more information, see Routing Your On-Premises Gateway Through a Proxy.

February 08, 2017

Compatibility with Arcserve 17

Tape gateway is now compatible with Arcserve 17. You can now use Arcserve to back up your data to Amazon S3 and archive directly to Amazon Glacier. For more information, see Testing Your Setup by Using Arcserve Backup r17.0.

January 17, 2017

New region

AWS Storage Gateway is now available in the EU (London) region. For detailed information, see Regions.

December 13, 2016

New region

AWS Storage Gateway is now available in the Canada (Central) region. For detailed information, see Regions.

December 08, 2016

Support for File gateway

In addition to volume gateways and tape gateway, AWS Storage Gateway now provides File Gateway. File Gateway combines a service and virtual software appliance, enabling you to store and retrieve objects in Amazon S3 using industry-standard file protocols such as Network File System (NFS). The gateway provides access to objects in Amazon S3 as files on a NFS mount point.

November 29, 2016

Backup Exec 16

Tape gateway is now compatible with Backup Exec 16. You can now use Backup Exec 16 to back up your data to Amazon S3 and archive directly to Amazon Glacier. For more information, see Testing Your Setup by Using Backup Exec.

November 7, 2016

Compatibility with HPE Data Protector 9.x

Tape gateway is now compatible with HPE Data Protector 9.x. You can now use HPE Data Protector to back up your data to Amazon S3 and archive directly to Amazon Glacier. For more information, see Testing Your Setup by Using HPE Data Protector.

November 2, 2016

New region

AWS Storage Gateway is now available in the US East (Ohio) region. For detailed information, see Regions.

October 17, 2016

AWS Storage Gateway console redesign

The AWS Storage Gateway Management Console has been redesigned to make it easier to configure, manage, and monitor your gateways, volumes, and virtual tapes. The user interface now provides views that can be filtered and provides direct links to integrated AWS services such as CloudWatch and Amazon EBS. For more information, see Sign Up for AWS Storage Gateway.

August 30, 2016

Compatibility with Veeam Backup & Replication V9 Update 2 or later

Tape gateway is now compatible with Veeam Backup & Replication V9 Update 2 or later (that is, version 9.0.0.1715 or later). You can now use Veeam Backup Replication V9 Update 2 or later to back up your data to Amazon S3 and archive directly to Amazon Glacier. For more information, see Testing Your Setup by Using Veeam Backup & Replication.

August 15, 2016

Longer volume and snapshot IDs

AWS Storage Gateway is introducing longer IDs for volumes and snapshots. You can enable the longer ID format for your volumes, snapshots, and other supported AWS resources. For more information, see Understanding AWS Storage Gateway Resources and Resource IDs.

April 25, 2016

New region

Support for storage up to 512 TiB in size for stored volumes

Other gateway updates and enhancements to the AWS Storage Gateway local console

Tape gateway is now available in the Asia Pacific (Seoul) region. For more information, see Regions.

For stored volumes, you can now create up to 32 storage volumes up to 16 TiB in size each, for a maximum of 512 TiB of storage. For more information, see Stored Volumes Architecture and AWS Storage Gateway Limits.

Total size of all tapes in a virtual tape library is increased to 1 PiB. For more information, see AWS Storage Gateway Limits.

You can now set the password for your VM local console on the AWS Storage Gateway Console. For information, see Setting the Local Console Password from the Storage Gateway Console..

March 21, 2016

Compatibility with for EMC NetWorker 8.x

Tape gateway is now compatible with EMC NetWorker 8.x. You can now use EMC NetWorker to back up your data to Amazon S3 and archive directly to Amazon Glacier. For more information, see Testing Your Setup by Using EMC NetWorker.

February 29, 2016

Support for VMware ESXi Hypervisor version 6.0 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 iSCSI initiator

Content restructure

AWS Storage Gateway now supports the VMware ESXi Hypervisor version 6.0 and the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 iSCSI initiator. For more information, see Supported Hypervisors and Host Requirements and Supported iSCSI Initiators.

This release includes this improvement: The documentation now includes a Managing Your Activated Gateway section that combines management tasks that are common to all gateway solutions. Following, you can find instructions on how you can manage your gateway after you have deployed and activated it. For more information, see Managing Your Gateway.

October 20, 2015

Support for storage up to 1,024 TiB in size for cached volumes

Support for the VMXNET3 (10 GbE) network adapter type in VMware ESXi hypervisor

Performance enhancements

Miscellaneous enhancements and updates to the AWS Storage Gateway local console

For cached volumes, you can now create up to 32 storage volumes at up to 32 TiB each for a maximum of 1,024 TiB of storage. For more information, see Cached Volumes Architecture and AWS Storage Gateway Limits.

If your gateway is hosted on a VMware ESXi hypervisor, you can reconfigure the gateway to use the VMXNET3 adapter type. For more information, see Configuring Network Adapters for Your Gateway.

The maximum upload rate for AWS Storage Gateway has increased to 120 MB a second, and the maximum download rate has increased to 20 MB a second. For more information, see Configuration and Performance Limits.

The AWS Storage Gateway local console has been updated and enhanced with additional features to help you perform maintenance tasks. For more information, see Configuring Your Gateway Network.

September 16, 2015

Support for tagging

AWS Storage Gateway now supports resource tagging. You can now add tags to gateways, volumes, and virtual tapes to make them easier to manage. For more information, see Tagging Storage Gateway Resources.

September 2, 2015

Compatibility with Dell NetVault Backup 10.0

Tape gateway is now compatible with Dell NetVault Backup 10.0. You can now use Dell NetVault Backup 10.0 to back up your data to Amazon S3 and archive directly to Amazon Glacier. For more information, see Testing Your Setup by Using Dell NetVault Backup.

June 22, 2015

Support for 16 TiB storage volumes for stored volumes gateway setups

Support for system resource checks on the AWS Storage Gateway local console

Support for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 iSCSI initiator

AWS Storage Gateway now supports 16 TiB storage volumes for stored volumes gateway setups. You can now create 12 16 TiB storage volumes for a maximum of 192 TiB of storage. For more information, see Stored Volumes Architecture.

You can now determine whether your system resources (virtual CPU cores, root volume size, and RAM) are sufficient for your gateway to function properly. For more information, see Viewing Your Gateway System Resource Status or Viewing Your Gateway System Resource Status.

AWS Storage Gateway now supports the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 iSCSI initiator. For more information, see Requirements.

This release includes the following AWS Storage Gateway improvements and updates:

June 3, 2015

Support for Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor versions 2012 and 2012 R2

AWS Storage Gateway now supports Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor versions 2012 and 2012 R2. This is in addition to support for Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor version 2008 R2. For more information, see Supported Hypervisors and Host Requirements.

April 30, 2015

Compatibility with Symantec Backup Exec 15

Tape gateway is now compatible with Symantec Backup Exec 15. You can now use Symantec Backup Exec 15 to back up your data to Amazon S3 and archive directly to Amazon Glacier. For more information, see Testing Your Setup by Using Backup Exec.

April 6, 2015

CHAP authentication support for storage volumes

AWS Storage Gateway now supports configuring CHAP authentication for storage volumes. For more information, see Creating a Volume.

April 2, 2015

Support for VMware ESXi Hypervisor version 5.1 and 5.5

AWS Storage Gateway now supports VMware ESXi Hypervisor versions 5.1 and 5.5. This is in addition to support for VMware ESXi Hypervisor versions 4.1 and 5.0. For more information, see Supported Hypervisors and Host Requirements.

March 30, 2015

Support for Windows CHKDSK utility

AWS Storage Gateway now supports the Windows CHKDSK utility. You can use this utility to verify the integrity of your volumes and fix errors on the volumes. For more information, see Troubleshooting Volume Issues.

March 04, 2015

Integration with AWS CloudTrail to capture API calls

AWS Storage Gateway is now integrated with AWS CloudTrail. AWS CloudTrail captures API calls made by or on behalf of AWS Storage Gateway in your AWS account and delivers the log files to an Amazon S3 bucket that you specify. For more information, see Logging AWS Storage Gateway API Calls by Using AWS CloudTrail.

This release includes the following AWS Storage Gateway improvement and update:

December 16, 2014

Compatibility with additional backup software and medium changer

Tape gateway is now compatible with the following backup software:

  • Symantec Backup Exec 2014

  • Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager

  • Veeam Backup & Replication V7

  • Veeam Backup & Replication V8

You can now use these four backup software products with the Storage Gateway virtual tape library (VTL) to back up to Amazon S3 and archive directly to Amazon Glacier. For more information, see Testing Your Gateway Setup.

AWS Storage Gateway now provides an additional medium changer that works with the new backup software.

This release includes miscellaneous AWS Storage Gateway improvements and updates.

November 3, 2014

EU (Frankfurt) region

AWS Storage Gateway is now available in the EU (Frankfurt) region. For detailed information, see Regions.

October 23, 2014

Content restructure

Created a Getting Started section that is common to all gateway solutions. Following, you can find instructions for you to download, deploy, and activate a gateway. After you deploy and activate a gateway, you can proceed to further instructions specific to stored volumes, cached volumes, and tape gateway setups. For more information, see Creating a Tape Gateway.

May 19, 2014

Compatibility with Symantec Backup Exec 2012

Tape gateway is now compatible with Symantec Backup Exec 2012. You can now use Symantec Backup Exec 2012 to back up your data to Amazon S3 and archive directly to Amazon Glacier. For more information, see Testing Your Setup by Using Backup Exec.

April 28, 2014

Support for Windows Server Failover Clustering

Support for VMware ESX initiator

Support for performing configuration tasks on AWS Storage Gateway local console

January 31, 2014

Support for virtual tape library (VTL) and introduction of API version 2013-06-30

AWS Storage Gateway connects an on-premises software appliance with cloud-based storage to integrate your on-premises IT environment with the AWS storage infrastructure. In addition to volume gateways (cached volumes and stored volumes), AWS Storage Gateway now supports gateway–virtual tape library (VTL). You can configure tape gateway with up to 10 virtual tape drives per gateway. Each virtual tape drive responds to the SCSI command set, so your existing on-premises backup applications will work without modification. For more information, see the following topics in the AWS Storage Gateway User Guide.

November 5, 2013

Support for Microsoft Hyper-V

AWS Storage Gateway now provides the ability to deploy an on-premises gateway on the Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization platform. Gateways deployed on Microsoft Hyper-V have all the same functionality and features as the existing on-premises storage gateway. To get started deploying a gateway with Microsoft Hyper-V, see Supported Hypervisors and Host Requirements.

April 10, 2013

Support for deploying a gateway on Amazon EC2

AWS Storage Gateway now provides the ability to deploy a gateway in Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). You can launch a gateway instance in Amazon EC2 using the AWS Storage Gateway AMI available in AWS Marketplace. To get started deploying a gateway using the AWS Storage Gateway AMI, see Deploying a Volume or Tape Gateway on an Amazon EC2 Host.

January 15, 2013

Support for cached volumes and introduction of API Version 2012-06-30

In this release, AWS Storage Gateway introduces support for cached volumes. Cached volumes minimize the need to scale your on-premises storage infrastructure, while still providing your applications with low-latency access to their active data. You can create storage volumes up to 32 TiB in size and mount them as iSCSI devices from your on-premises application servers. Data written to your cached volumes is stored in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), with only a cache of recently written and recently read data stored locally on your on-premises storage hardware. Cached volumes allow you to utilize Amazon S3 for data where higher retrieval latencies are acceptable, such as for older, infrequently accessed data, while maintaining storage on-premises for data where low-latency access is required.

In this release, AWS Storage Gateway also introduces a new API version that, in addition to supporting the current operations, provides new operations to support cached volumes.

For more information on the two AWS Storage Gateway solutions, see How AWS Storage Gateway Works (Architecture).

You can also try a test setup. For instructions, see Creating a Tape Gateway.

October 29, 2012

API and IAM Support

In this release, AWS Storage Gateway introduces API support as well as support for AWS Identity and Access Management(IAM).

May 9, 2012

Static IP Support

You can now specify a static IP for your local gateway. For more information, see Configuring Your Gateway Network.

March 5, 2012

New Guide

This is the first release of AWS Storage Gateway User Guide.

January 24, 2012