Whilst working with customers on the technical aspects of migrating their applications from on-premises into VMware Cloud on AWS most often the topic of file servers comes up. If the customer currently has their file servers running as virtual machines on top of ESXi then it's very straight forward, they can use HCX to migrate the workload. Depending on the size of the file server the customer may not want to do this due to potentially increasing the host count of the cluster and instead use some native AWS storage services such as FSx, EFS or even S3. Another scenario I have come across is customers having physical file servers running on storage arrays such as NetApp etc.
During my investigation, I can across AWS DataSync which automates and accelerates the moving of data from on-premises into AWS storage services as well as between AWS storage services.
- Amazon EFS file system (Source and Target)
- Amazon FSx for Windows File Server (Source and Target)
- Amazon S3 (Source and Target)
- Network File System (NFS) (Source Only)
- Object storage (Source Only)
- Server Message Block (SMB) (Source Only)