reference deployment

SAS Grid Infrastructure on AWS

Workload distribution and management in the cloud

This Quick Start deploys and configures the required infrastructure for SAS Grid software on the AWS Cloud.

SAS Grid is a shared, centrally managed analytics computing environment that features workload balancing and management, high availability, and fast processing. A SAS Grid environment in the AWS Cloud provides the elasticity and agility to scale your resources as needed.

This Quick Start bootstraps the infrastructure for a SAS Grid cluster by provisioning Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances for SAS Grid, SAS Metadata Server, and SAS mid-tier components. It also sets up Intel Cloud Edition for Lustre, which provides a shared directory for the grid.

The Quick Start includes AWS CloudFormation templates and a guide that provides step-by-step instructions to help you get the most out of your deployment.

After you deploy the Quick Start, you can obtain a SAS license by contacting, and install SAS Grid directly into your configured environment.

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

  •  What you'll build
  •  How to deploy
  •  Cost and licenses
  •  What you'll build
  • Use this Quick Start to set up the following configurable environment on AWS:

    • A virtual private cloud (VPC) configured with public and private subnets according to AWS best practices. This provides the network infrastructure for your SAS Grid deployment.*
    • An internet gateway to provide access to the internet.*
    • A Remote Desktop Gateway instance in an Auto Scaling group, acting as a jump host.*
    • Managed NAT gateways to allow outbound internet access for resources in the private subnets.*
    • In the private subnets, 2-6 EC2 instances for SAS Grid.
    • In the private subnets, EC2 instances acting as Lustre MGT (Management), MDT (Metadata), and OSS nodes.
    • Security groups for the Remote Desktop Gateway, SAS Grid, and Lustre stacks.
    • Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) scalable file storage, to share the bootstrap information with the SAS Grid and Lustre nodes.

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

  •  How to deploy
  • To deploy the infrastructure for SAS Grid on AWS, follow the instructions in the deployment guide. The deployment process includes these steps:

    1. If you don't already have an AWS account, sign up at
    2. Subscribe to the Intel Cloud Edition for Lustre AMI in AWS Marketplace.
    3. Launch the Quick Start. Each deployment takes about 30 minutes. You can choose from two options:
    4. Validate the deployment by checking for mounted disks.
    5. Obtain a SAS license by contacting and install SAS Grid.

    To customize your deployment, you can customize CIDR blocks for the subnets, choose the number of SAS Grid instances, and customize the number of Lustre OSS nodes and volume sizes.

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

    The AWS CloudFormation template for this Quick Start includes configuration parameters that you can customize. Some of these settings, such as number of nodes and instance type, will affect the cost of deployment. See the pricing pages for each AWS service you will be using for cost estimates.

    The Quick Start requires a subscription to the Amazon Machine Image (AMI) for Intel Cloud Edition for Lustre, which is available from AWS Marketplace, and additional pricing, terms, and conditions may apply.

    This Quick Start doesn't install SAS Grid software. After using this Quick Start to set up the infrastructure for SAS Grid, you can obtain a SAS license and install the software.