Converting to Amazon EC2

When restoring a VMware, Azure, or Hyper-V virtual machine from a backup, you can choose to restore the VM as an Amazon EC2 instance. You can use this feature to migrate virtual machines to the AWS Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service.

You can perform VM conversions from streaming backups, from secondary copies, or fromIntelliSnap backup copies. You cannot perform a conversion from a Snap copy.

Commvault supports three (3) methods for converting on-premises VMs to AWS EC2 instances:

  • Amazon EBS direct APIs (Recommended. This is the fastest method): Uses the Amazon EBS direct APIs to perform serverless recovery to any AWS account or region. EBS direct API restores run faster VM conversions and attach volume restores across regions, availability zones (AZ), and accounts. You can write data to the EBS snapshots using the EBS Direct API without the need to create and attach volumes to the access node.

  • Commvault HotAdd: Requires an Amazon EC2 instance in the destination region to mount temporary Amazon EBS volumes for backup and recovery.

  • AWS VM Import/Export: Utilizes the AWS VM Import/Export service to stage a VM in Amazon S3, then converts to an Amazon EC2 instance.


Converting Azure VMs that are encrypted using Azure Disk Encryption is not supported.