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, Amazon EC2, or Microsoft Hyper-V.
  3. Configure the gateway, selecting from the available configurations: File Gateway, Volume Gateway-Cached Volumes, Volume Gateway-Stored Volumes, or Tape Gateway Virtual Tape Library (VTL).
  4. Allocate local storage to your installed gateway from Direct Attached Storage (DAS), Network Attached Storage (NAS), Storage Area Network (SAN) storage, or Amazon EBS volumes. For File Gateway, this local storage will be used for cache of your frequently accessed data. For Tape Gateway, this storage will be used for two things, one as an upload buffer disk to durably buffer data being uploaded to AWS, and a second disk will cache recently read and written virtual tape data. For Volume Gateway cached volumes, has the same local disk storage setup: A cache and an upload buffer. For Volume Gateway-stored volume configurations, part of the storage will become a virtual disk for the upload buffer, and the other will hold the entirety of your primary data volume.
  5. Activate your 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 File Gateway, create 'file shares' that you can mount with file clients. For Volume Gateway, create volumes and attach these volumes as iSCSI devices to your on-premises application servers. For the Tape 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.

Learn more about getting started in the Storage Gateway documentation.

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Watch these videos to learn how you can get started today using the different AWS Storage Gateway configurations.