Create an AWS DataSync agent - AWS DataSync

Create an AWS DataSync agent

Whether you're planning a data migration or ready to move data, you may need an AWS 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 AWS storage services in the same AWS account. If this is what you're trying to do, skip ahead to Create a source location for AWS 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 AWS Region.