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Launch news: AWS DataSync lowers prices, launches in new Regions, and adds scheduling

Today, AWS DataSync released three enhancements to help customers who are moving data from on-premises storage into Amazon S3 or Amazon Elastic File Service (Amazon EFS). DataSync launched at re:Invent 2018 to overcome common challenges customers may face when moving data in and out of AWS, for migrations, processing, or protection. DataSync automatically handles many of the manual tasks associated with data transfers, such as writing, maintaining and monitoring scripts, optimizing networks, and validating data integrity.

Enterprises such as AutoDesk and Cox Automotive use the service for online transfers measured in the hundreds of terabytes, or even petabytes. And since launch, the DataSync team has been busy innovating based on your requests, notably adding filtering, support for SMB file shares, and VPC Endpoints.

Now let’s dig into today’s improvements.

DataSync reduced its price by 68% to $0.0125 per-gigabyte copied to or from AWS. DataSync pricing is simple. You pay a flat per-GB fee for data moved, with no upfront fees or minimum bills. This price reduction makes it more affordable to migrate data into AWS. It also makes other use cases more cost-effective, such as cross-region and cross-account replication for Amazon EFS, and media distribution to and from centralized Amazon S3 buckets. Keep in mind AWS standard billing for data transferred out of a Region or between Regions. Those rates are detailed on the pricing pages of the services from which you are copying data, and vary by Region.

Speaking of Regions, DataSync is now available in five more Regions. Specifically, today DataSync launched in Europe (Stockholm), South America (Sao Paulo), Asia Pacific (Hong Kong), and Asia Pacific (Mumbai), and AWS GovCloud (US-East). The service is now available in a total of 20 commercial AWS Regions around the world, and AWS GovCloud (US).

Additionally, DataSync now supports scheduling data transfers using the DataSync Console or Command Line Interface (CLI). You can set up whatever schedule you want. Moreover, the DataSync Console now provides some easy ways to set up the most common task schedules, such as hourly, daily, or weekly.

If you’d like to learn more about AWS DataSync and its other enhancements over the last year, you can

If you’re coming to re:Invent, you can learn more at

You can also try out DataSync yourself in a few other sessions:

Dylan Locsin

Dylan Locsin

Dylan Locsin is a senior product marketing manager for AWS, covering hybrid cloud storage, edge computing and data transfer out of Boston. Dylan has spent 20 years working with customers, from admins to CIOs, on data storage, management and networking technologies and business problems. He is working to surf (very poorly) the waves of six of the seven continents, but prefers to avoid the cold New England waters.