V11 SP8

Migrating Data to Amazon S3 Using Snowball

You can migrate large amounts of data to Amazon S3 using the Amazon Snowball device. This can be done by seeding an initial baseline directly on the Snowball 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:
    • Create an import job. For details, see Importing Data into Amazon S3 with Snowball.

      Tip: Note down the bucket name used during the import. This will be needed to configure the device as a cloud storage library.

    • Receive and connect the Snowball Appliance to your network.
  • Perform the following, once the device is available in the network:


  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 Adapter is installed.
    • In the Service Host Name box, enter the name of the adapter in the following format:


      For example: http://SnowballServer:8080

    • In the Access Key and Secret Access Key box, specify the credentials that was provided during the adapter setup.
    • In the Bucket box, provide the name of the bucket that was created during the Import Job. (See Before You Begin.)
  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.

  3. Disable the library till the time the first backup is seeded in the cloud. For details, 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 seeded in the cloud.

  4. Ship the device to the cloud vendor.
  5. Once the seeded data is replicated to the cloud library, edit the cloud storage library credentials to connect to the cloud server. For details, see Modify the Access Information.
  6. Enable the cloud library. For details, see Enabling or Disabling a Cloud Library.
  7. Run an incremental backup to back up the data that has changed since seeding.