Frequently asked questions

Answers to your questions about AWS Quick Starts

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  • What is a Quick Start?

    Quick Starts are automated reference deployments for key workloads on the AWS Cloud. Each Quick Start launches, configures, and runs the AWS compute, network, storage, and other services required to deploy a specific workload on AWS, using AWS best practices for security and availability.

    Quick Starts are accelerators that eliminate hundreds of manual steps with a single click. They are fast, low-cost, and customizable. They are fully functional and designed for production.

    Quick Starts include:

    • A reference architecture for the deployment
    • AWS CloudFormation templates (JSON or YAML scripts) that automate and configure the deployment
    • A deployment guide, which explains the architecture and implementation in detail, and provides instructions for customizing the deployment

    Quick Starts also include integrations that extend the cloud-based contact center functionality provided by Amazon Connect with key services and solutions from AWS partners—for customer relationship management (CRM), workforce optimization (WFO), analytics, unified communications (UC), and other use cases.

    See the Quick Start catalog for a complete list of Quick Starts. Check back frequently for updates—we publish new Quick Starts on a regular basis.

  • What are the advantages of using a Quick Start?

    Quick Starts can help save you time by eliminating hundreds of manual installation and configuration steps in the deployment of key technologies on the cloud. They implement AWS best practices, so they're designed with your security and availability needs in mind.

    Here are some of the ways you can use Quick Starts:

    • To deploy the technology on AWS with the least amount of effort and time.
    • As a baseline for your own implementations. Use the patterns and practices from Quick Starts to develop your own solutions.
    • To accelerate solutions for your customers. The Quick Starts are modular and customizable. You can speed up your deployments by using the default automation or by stacking on top of existing Quick Starts. You can choose to build from the ground up, or you can deploy the workload into an existing virtual private cloud (VPC).
  • What's the difference between a Quick Start and a Marketplace AMI?

    AWS Marketplace offers Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) for deploying software into your AWS account. Here are some of the differences between the two programs:

    AWS Quick Start AWS Marketplace AMI
    Single-vendor or multi-vendor solutions Single-vendor solutions
    Simple or complex deployments Low-friction, self-contained deployments
    Modular and customizable No customization
    BYOL, or leverage AWS Marketplace and/or publicly available assets Billed to buyer's AWS account
  • How much does it cost to deploy a Quick Start?

    You are responsible for all costs related to the AWS services you use while running Quick Start reference deployments, and for any license fees. However, there is no additional cost for using the Quick Start.

    Deploying a Quick Start with default settings costs as little as a few dollars in AWS infrastructure charges. For full pricing information, see the pricing pages for specific AWS services.

  • How long does it take to deploy a Quick Start?

    Most Quick Start reference deployments enable you to spin up a fully functional architecture in less than an hour. For information about deployment times for specific Quick Starts, see the deployment guides.

  • Which technologies are currently supported?

    Quick Starts provide automated solutions for DevOps, big data, messaging, SaaS, security, compliance, storage, networking, remote access, and other key usage scenarios, as well as key technologies from Microsoft, SAP, and Oracle.

    Supported Microsoft technologies include Microsoft Lync Server, Exchange Server, Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC), SharePoint Server, SQL Server, Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), and Web Application Proxy and Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS). We also provide a Quick Start that combines Lync Server, SharePoint Server, SQL Server, Exchange Server, and Web Application Proxy / AD FS into a single automated deployment to build an enterprise productivity platform on AWS.

    Automated SAP solutions are SAP HANA, SAP NetWeaver, and SAP Business One, version for SAP HANA. For Oracle, we provide a Quick Start for automatically deploying Oracle Database.

    Other supported solutions include MongoDB, Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub (EDH), Trend Micro Deep Security, Magento Community Edition, Chef Server, Puppet, Ansible Tower, Docker Datacenter, and Red Hat OpenShift, and many others. We publish new Quick Starts on a frequent basis—please see the Quick Start catalog for a full list.

  • What are the licensing requirements for Quick Starts?

    Licensing requirements vary by Quick Start, but whenever possible, Quick Starts provide licensing options that provide the most flexibility and cost savings. Most Quick Start reference deployments use the Bring Your Own License (BYOL) model. This means that you can use your existing licenses for SAP HANA, Microsoft software, and so on. This model enables you to move your existing workload to the AWS Cloud without paying additional software licensing fees. Some Quick Starts use trial licenses that you can upgrade to full licenses when you're ready for production.

    To get licensing information for specific Quick Starts, see the deployment guides. For more information about using your existing licenses for Microsoft technologies, see the Microsoft License Mobility program.

  • Where can I find detailed technical information about a reference deployment?

    Each deployment is discussed in detail in the guide that's provided with the Quick Start. The deployment guide describes the architecture, implementation details, best practices, customizations, and extensions.

    The Quick Start templates are maintained in separate GitHub repos in the Quick Start organization. If you have any technical questions or suggestions, please post your feedback in the Issues section of the relevant Quick Start repo.

  • The default architecture doesn't work for me. Can I configure my deployment differently?

    Yes, you can. Quick Starts allow you to tailor deployment settings to meet your requirements. For details, follow the instructions in the deployment guides.

    You can also customize the Quick Start templates directly, by downloading them from the GitHub repo. We invite you to share your code to make your customizations available to others. See the Quick Start Contributor's Guide for details.

  • I'd like to build a Quick Start. How do I get started?

    If you're interested in building a Quick Start for a technology that's on our list, we'll work with you to get it published. Please contact us with your proposal.

    For details, see the following:


  • Where can I send my feedback or ideas for new Quick Starts?

    We welcome your comments and suggestions. Please contact us, or post your feedback and questions in GitHub.