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When you create a sync relationship, the Cloud Sync service copies files from the source to the target. After the initial copy, the service syncs any changed data every 24 hours.

The steps below provide an example that show how to set up a sync relationship from an NFS server to an S3 bucket.

  1. Go to NetApp Cloud Central.

  2. Sign up or log in and then start a free trial of Cloud Sync.

  3. After you log in, review details about using the service after the free trial ends, and then click OK.

  4. On the Select Source & Target page, choose a source and target.

    The following steps provide an example of how to create a sync relationship from an NFS server to an S3 bucket.

    A screenshot that shows NFS as a source and S3 as a target in a new sync relationship.

  5. Review the details about how the service works and then click Continue.

  6. On the NFS Server page, enter the IP address or fully qualified domain name of the NFS server that you want to sync to AWS.

  7. On the Data Broker page, follow the prompts to create a data broker virtual machine in AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud Platform, or to install the data broker software an existing Linux host.

    For more details, refer to the following pages:

  8. After you install the data broker, click Continue.

    The following image shows a successfully deployed data broker in AWS:

    This screenshot shows a successfully deployed instance. The interface shows details about the instance including AWS networking.

  9. On the Directories page, select a top-level directory or subdirectory.

    If you want to sync more than one directory on the NFS server, then you must create additional sync relationships after you are done.
  10. On the AWS S3 Bucket page, select a bucket:

    • Drill down to select an existing folder within the bucket or to select a new folder that you create inside the bucket.

    • Click Add to the list to select an S3 bucket that is not associated with your AWS account. Specific permissions must be applied to the S3 bucket.

  11. On the Bucket Setup page, set up the bucket:

    • Choose whether to encrypt the data using AWS KMS encryption. You’ll need to provide the ARN of an encryption key.

    • Select an S3 storage class. View the supported storage classes.

      This screenshot shows the Bucket Setup page which enables you to choose Yes or No for KMS encryption and to select a specific S3 storage class for the synced data.

  12. On the Settings page, define how source files and folders are synced and maintained in the target location:

    Recently Modified Files

    Choose to exclude files that were recently modified prior to the scheduled sync.

    Delete Files on Target

    Choose to delete files from the target location, if they were deleted from the source. The default is to never deletes files from the target location.


    Define the number of times that Cloud Sync should retry to sync a file before skipping it.

    File Types

    Define the file types to include in each sync: files, directories, and symbolic links.

    Exclude File Extensions

    Specify file extensions to exclude from the sync.

    File Size

    Choose to sync all files regardless of their size or just files that are in a specific size range.

    Date Modified

    Choose all files regardless of their last modified date, files modified after a specific date, before a specific date, or between a time range.

  13. On the Relationship Tags page, enter up to 9 relationship tags and then click Continue.

    The Cloud Sync service assigns the tags to each object that it syncs to the S3 bucket.

  14. Review the details of the sync relationship and then click Create Relationship.

  15. After the Cloud Sync service successfully creates the relationship, click View in Dashboard to view details about the data sync relationship.


Cloud Sync starts syncing data between the source and target.