Migrating Data to Amazon S3 Using Snowball

You can migrate large amounts of data to Amazon S3 using the AWS Snowball Edge device. This can be done by seeding an initial baseline directly in the device, and subsequently, once the data from the device is migrated to Amazon S3 cloud storage, backups or auxiliary copy operations can be run directly to the cloud storage.

Before You Begin

Configure the Snowball device using the following steps:


  1. Configure the Snowball device as a cloud storage library with Amazon S3 vendor. For details, see Creating a Cloud Library from the CommCell Console.

    Provide the following details during the configuration:

    • From the Type list, select Amazon S3.
    • From the MediaAgent list, select the name of the MediaAgent in which the Snowball device is installed.
    • From the Credential list, select an appropriate credential to access the cloud storage library. To create a new credential, click the Create New button.

      For instructions about creating a credential, see Adding a Credential to Credentials Manager.

    • In the Service Host Name box, enter the name of the Snowball device in the following format:


      For example:

    • In the Bucket box, provide the name of the bucket that was created during the Import Job. (See Before You Begin.)

      Note: If you have multiple Snowball devices for the bucket, make sure to create a mount path for each device in the library, using a different Service Host Name with the same Bucket.

  2. For the initial seeding, depending on your data, run either a full backup, or an auxiliary copy operation.

    Note: To avoid write failures, we recommend having a maximum of 5 to 10 streams for writing data from the library. See Establish the Mount Path Allocation Policy for the Library for additional information.

    Ensure that the job associated with the initial seeding (backup or auxiliary copy operation) completes successfully.

  3. Disable the library until the time the data from the initial seeding is transferred to the cloud library.

    For more information on how to disable the library, see Enabling or Disabling a Cloud Library.

    The library has to be disabled so that no other backups are written to the library and no data is aged off from the library, until the data is transferred to the cloud library.

  4. Ship the device to the cloud vendor.
  5. Once the seeded data is transferred to the cloud library, edit the cloud storage library credentials to connect to the cloud server.

    For more information on editing the credentials, see Modify the Access Information.

  6. Enable the cloud library.

    For more information on how to enable the library, see Enabling or Disabling a Cloud Library.

  7. Run an incremental backup to back up the data that has changed since seeding.

Last modified: 5/7/2020 6:00:58 PM