reference deployment

InterSystems IRIS on AWS

A platform for machine learning applications that connect data and application silos

The InterSystems IRIS data platform, used mainly in healthcare and financial services, supports rapid ingestion of data from various sources and sophisticated analytics. This Quick Start is for users who want to install IRIS on their own AWS account according to InterSystems and AWS best practices.

With the InterSystems IRIS data platform, you can build high-performance, machine learning applications that connect data and application silos. Specifically, IRIS is a database engine that supports transactional-analytic applications. Transactional applications deal with real-time data. Analytic applications deal with historical (non-real-time) data. Transactional-analytic applications make it possible for organizations to use insights gleaned from both real-time and historical data.

This Quick Start deploys IRIS into your AWS account in a highly available configuration using mirroring in multiple Availability Zones.


This Quick Start was developed by InterSystems in collaboration with AWS. InterSystems is an AWS Partner.

  •  What you'll build
  •  How to deploy
  •  Cost and licenses
  •  What you'll build
  • This Quick Start sets up the following:

    • An architecture that spans three Availability Zones.*
    • A virtual private cloud (VPC) configured with public and private subnets, according to AWS best practices, to provide you with your own virtual network on AWS.*
    • In the public subnets:
      • Managed network address translation (NAT) gateways (not shown) to allow outbound internet access for resources in the private subnets.*
      • A Linux bastion host in an Auto Scaling group to allow inbound Secure Shell (SSH) access to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances in public and private subnets.*
    • In the private subnets:
      • Two Amazon EC2 instances running as IRIS mirror nodes 1 and 2 in a security group across Availability Zones 1 and 2. Data is replicated in real time between the nodes.
      • One Amazon EC2 instance acting as a mirror arbiter in Availability Zone 3. The arbiter checks the health of the two mirror nodes and detects when a node is offline.
    • A Network Load Balancer, which distributes inbound traffic across the workload instances that you want to protect from outside access.

    * The template that deploys the Quick Start into an existing VPC skips the components marked by asterisks and prompts you for your existing VPC configuration.

  •  How to deploy
  • To deploy InterSystems IRIS, follow the instructions in the deployment guide. The deployment process takes about 20 minutes and includes these steps:

    1. If you don't already have an AWS account, sign up at, and sign in to your account.
    2. Upload two IRIS binaries files and your IRIS license key (iris.key) to an S3 bucket.
    3. Launch the Quick Start. Choose from two options:
    4. Test the deployment.

    Amazon may share user-deployment information with the AWS Partner that collaborated with AWS on the Quick Start.  

  •  Cost and licenses
  • You are responsible for the cost of the AWS services and any third-party licenses used while running this Quick Start reference deployment. There is no additional cost for using this Quick Start.

    The AWS CloudFormation templates for this Quick Start include configuration parameters that you can customize. Some of these settings, such as instance type, affect the cost of deployment. For cost estimates, see the pricing pages for each AWS service you use. Prices are subject to change.

    Tip: After you deploy the Quick Start, create AWS Cost and Usage Reports to track costs associated with the Quick Start. These reports deliver billing metrics to an Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) bucket in your account. They provide cost estimates based on usage throughout each month and aggregate the data at the end of the month. For more information, see What are AWS Cost and Usage Reports?

    This deployment requires a noncontainer version of an InterSystems IRIS license key. If you're an InterSystems customer, you can use your IRIS license key (iris.key) if you have one or request one by using the IRIS Evaluation Service. Otherwise, contact InterSystems.