You can begin using the AWS Storage Gateway in just a few steps. To get started, you simply:

  1. Download the AWS Storage Gateway virtual machine (VM) image from the AWS Management Console.
  2. Install the virtual machine under the hypervisor of your choice: VMware ESXi or Microsoft Hyper-V.
  3. Configure the gateway, selecting from the three configurations: Gateway-Cached Volumes, Gateway-Stored Volumes, or Gateway-Virtual Tape Library (VTL).
  4. Allocate local storage to your installed on-premises gateway from Direct Attached Storage (DAS), Network Attached Storage (NAS), or Storage Area Network (SAN) storage. For Gateway-Cached configurations, this local storage will be used for your frequently accessed data. For Gateway-Stored configurations, it will be used for your primary data. For Gateway-VTL configuration, this local storage will be used to durably buffer data being uploaded to AWS and to cache recently read virtual tape data.
  5. Activate your on-premise gateway by using the AWS Management Console to associate your gateway’s IP Address with your AWS Account and select an AWS Region for your gateway to store uploaded data.
  6. For Gateway-Cached and Gateway-Stored configurations, create volumes and attach these volumes as iSCSI devices to your on-premises application servers. For Gateway-VTL, mount the virtual tape drives and virtual media changer to your backup server and allow your backup software to discover the Virtual Tape Library and virtual tapes.

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Watch this video to learn how you can get started today using the AWS Gateway-Cached Volumes configuration.

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Getting Started with Gateway-Cached volumes on AWS Storage Gateway