What’s new with Cloud Sync

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Learn what’s new in Cloud Sync.

1 May 2022

Sync timeout

A new Sync Timeout setting is now available for sync relationships. This setting enables you to define whether Cloud Sync should cancel a data sync if the sync hasn’t completed in the specified number of hours or days.


A new Notifications setting is now available for sync relationships. This setting enables you to choose whether to receive Cloud Sync notifications in Cloud Manager’s Notification Center. You can enable notifications for successful data syncs, failed data syncs, and canceled data syncs.

A screenshot that shows the Notification Center in Cloud Manager.

3 April 2022

Data broker group enhancements

We made several enhancements to data broker groups:

  • You can now move a data broker to a new or existing group.

  • You can now update the proxy configuration for a data broker.

  • Finally, you can also delete data broker groups.

Dashboard filter

You can now filter the contents of the Sync Dashboard to more easily find sync relationships that match a certain status. For example, you can filter on sync relationships that have a failed status

A screenshot that shows the Filter by sync status option at the top of the dashboard.

3 March 2022

Sorting in the dashboard

You now sort the dashboard by sync relationship name.

A screenshot that shows the Sort by name option that is available from the dashboard.

Enhancement to Data Sense integration

In the previous release, we introduced Cloud Sync integration with Cloud Data Sense. In this update, we enhanced the integration by making it easier to create the sync relationship. After you initiate a data sync from Cloud Data Sense, all of the source information is contained in a single step and only requires you to enter a few key details.

A screenshot that shows the Data Sense Integration page that appears after starting a new sync directly from Cloud Data Sense.

6 February 2022

Enhancement to data broker groups

We changed how you interact with data brokers by emphasizing data broker groups.

For example, when you create a new sync relationship, you select the data broker group to use with the relationship, rather than a specific data broker.

A screenshot of the Sync Relationship wizard that shows the data broker group selection.

In the Manage Data Brokers tab, we also show the number of sync relationships that a data broker group is managing.

A screenshot of the Manage Data Brokers page that shows a data broker group and details about that group, including the number of relationships that it’s managing.

Download PDF reports

You can now download a PDF of a report.

2 January 2022

New Box sync relationships

Two new sync relationships are supported:

  • Box to Azure NetApp Files

  • Box to Amazon FSx for ONTAP

Relationship names

You can now provide a meaningful name to each of your sync relationships to more easily identify the purpose of each relationship. You can add the name when you create the relationship and any time after.

A screenshot of a sync relationship that shows the edit button that’s next to the name of a relationship.

When you sync data to or from Amazon S3, you can choose whether to use an S3 private link. When the data broker copies data from the source to the target, it goes through the private link.

Note that the IAM role associated with your data broker will need the following permission to use this feature:


This permission is automatically added to any new data brokers that you create.

Glacier Instant Retrieval

You can now choose the Glacier Instant Retrieval storage class when Amazon S3 is the target in a sync relationship.

ACLs from object storage to SMB shares

Cloud Sync now supports copying ACLs from object storage to SMB shares. Previously, we only supported copying ACLs from an SMB share to object storage.

SFTP to S3

Creating a sync relationship from SFTP to Amazon S3 is now supported in the user interface. This sync relationship was previously supported with the API only.

Table view enhancement

We redesigned the table view on the Dashboard for ease of use. If you click More info, Cloud Sync filters the dashboard to show you more information about that specific relationship.

A screenshot of the table view in the Dashboard.

Support for Jarkarta region

Cloud Sync now supports deploying the data broker in the AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) region.

28 November 2021

ACLs from SMB to object storage

Cloud Sync can now copy access control lists (ACLs) when setting up a sync relationship from a source SMB share to object storage (except for ONTAP S3).

Cloud Sync doesn’t support copying ACLs from object storage to SMB shares.

Update licenses

You can now update Cloud Sync licenses that you extended.

If you extended a Cloud Sync license that you purchased from NetApp, you can add the license again to refresh the expiration date.

Update Box credentials

You can now update the Box credentials for an existing sync relationship.

31 October 2021

Box support

Box support is now available in the Cloud Sync user interface as a preview.

Box can be the source or target in several types of sync relationships. View the list of supported sync relationships.

Date Created setting

When an SMB server is the source, a new sync relationship setting called Date Created enables you to sync files that were created after a specific date, before a specific date, or between a specific time range.

4 October 2021

Additional Box support

Cloud Sync now supports additional sync relationships for Box when using the Cloud Sync API:

  • Amazon S3 to Box

  • IBM Cloud Object Storage to Box

  • StorageGRID to Box

  • Box to an NFS server

  • Box to an SMB server

Reports for SFTP paths

You can now create a report for SFTP paths.

2 September 2021

Support for FSx for ONTAP

You can now sync data to or from an Amazon FSx for ONTAP file system.

1 August 2021

Update credentials

Cloud Sync now enables you to update the data broker with the latest credentials of the source or target in an existing sync relationship.

This enhancement can help if your security policies require you to update credentials on a periodic basis. Learn how to update credentials.

A screenshot that shows the Update Credentials option on the Sync Relationships page just under the name of the source or target.

Tags for object storage targets

When creating a sync relationship, you can now add tags to the object storage target in a sync relationship.

Adding tags is supported with Amazon S3, Azure Blob, Google Cloud Storage, IBM Cloud Object Storage, and StorageGRID.

A screenshot that shows the page in the working environment wizard that enables you to add relationship tags to the object storage target in the relationship.

Support for Box

Cloud Sync now supports Box as the source in a sync relationship to Amazon S3, StorageGRID, and IBM Cloud Object Storage when using the Cloud Sync API.

Public IP for data broker in Google Cloud

When you deploy a data broker in Google Cloud, you can now choose whether to enable or disable a public IP address for the virtual machine instance.

Dual-protocol volume for Azure NetApp Files

When you choose the source or target volume for Azure NetApp Files, Cloud Sync now displays a dual-protocol volume no matter which protocol you chose for the sync relationship.

7 July 2021

ONTAP S3 Storage and Google Cloud Storage

Cloud Sync now supports sync relationships between ONTAP S3 Storage and a Google Cloud Storage bucket from the user interface.

Object metadata tags

Cloud Sync can now copy object metadata and tags between object-based storage when you create a sync relationship and enable a setting.

Support for HashiCorp Vaults

You can now set up the data broker to access credentials from an external HashiCorp Vault by authenticating with a Google Cloud service account.

Define tags or metadata for S3 bucket

When setting up a sync relationship to an Amazon S3 bucket, the Sync Relationship wizard now enables you to define the tags or metadata that you want to save on the objects in the target S3 bucket.

The tagging option was previously part of the sync relationship’s settings.

7 June 2021

Storage classes in Google Cloud

When a Google Cloud Storage bucket is the target in a sync relationship, you can now choose the storage class that you want to use. Cloud Sync supports the following storage classes:

  • Standard

  • Nearline

  • Coldline

  • Archive

2 May 2021

Errors in reports

You can now view the errors found in reports and you can delete the last report or all reports.

Compare attributes

A new Compare by setting is now available for each sync relationship.

This advanced setting enables you to choose whether Cloud Sync should compare certain attributes when determining whether a file or directory has changed and should be synced again.

11 Apr 2021

Standalone Cloud Sync service is retired

The standalone Cloud Sync service has been retired. You should now access Cloud Sync directly from Cloud Manager where all of the same features and functionality are available.

After logging in to Cloud Manager, you can switch to the Sync tab at the top and view your relationships, just like before.

Google Cloud buckets in different projects

When setting up a sync relationship, you can choose from Google Cloud buckets in different projects, if you provide the required permissions to the data broker’s service account.

Metadata between Google Cloud Storage and S3

Cloud Sync now copies metadata between Google Cloud Storage and S3 providers (AWS S3, StorageGRID, and IBM Cloud Object Storage).

Restart data brokers

You can now restart a data broker from Cloud Sync.

A screenshot that shows the Restart Data Broker action from the Manage Data Brokers page.

Message when not running the latest release

Cloud Sync now identifies when a data broker isn’t running the latest software release. This message can help to ensure that you’re getting the latest features and functionalities.

A screenshot that shows a warning when viewing a data broker on the Dashboard.