reference deployment

SAS Viya on AWS

Service discovery, health checking, key/value store, and more on the AWS Cloud

This Quick Start deploys the SAS platform on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud to provide SAS analytics, data visualization, and machine learning capabilities in an AWS-validated environment. The Quick Start deploys the following SAS products on AWS:

  • SAS Visual Analytics 8.5 on Linux
  • SAS Visual Statistics 8.5 on Linux
  • SAS Visual Data Mining and Machine Learning 8.5 on Linux
  • SAS Data Preparation 2.5

SAS Viya is a cloud-enabled, in-memory analytics engine that uses elastic, scalable, and fault-tolerant processing to address complex analytical challenges. SAS Viya provides faster processing for analytics by using a standardized code base that supports programming in SAS, Python, R, Java, and Lua. It also supports cloud, on-premises, or hybrid environments and deploys seamlessly to any infrastructure or application ecosystem.


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

  •  What you'll build
  •  How to deploy
  •  Cost and licenses
  •  What you'll build
  • Deploying this Quick Start for a new virtual private cloud (VPC) with default parameters in a symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) environment builds the following SAS Viya environment in the AWS Cloud:

    • A virtual private cloud (VPC) configured with public and private subnets according to AWS best practices. This provides the network infrastructure for your SAS Viya deployment.*
    • An Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) load balancer.
    • An internet gateway to provide access to the internet.*
    • Managed network address translation (NAT) gateways to allow outbound internet access for resources in the private subnets.*
    • In the private subnet:
      • In a symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) environment, two EC2 instances with SAS Viya on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7.6.
      • In a massively parallel processing (MPP) environment, two plus the number of worker node EC2 instances with SAS Viya on RHEL 7.6.
    • In the public subnet, an EC2 instance running Amazon Linux. This instance is used as an Ansible controller that serves as an admin node, allowing access to the SAS Viya virtual machines (VMs) in the private subnet.
    • Security groups for the SAS Viya VMs and the Ansible controller.
    • Optionally, a default identity provider with users “sasuser” and “sasadmin.”
    • An Amazon CloudWatch Logs log group for deployment and application logs.
    • Optionally, an Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) email notification when SAS Viya deployment starts and finishes.

    * 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 build your SAS Viya environment 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. Upload the SAS Software Order file to an Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) location.
    3. Launch the Quick Start. Each deployment takes about one hour. You can choose from two options:
    4. Test the deployment.
    5. Perform further configuration.
    6. (Optional) Enable Access to existing data sources.
    7. (Optional) Deploy Data Agent, and Validate Communication. 

    You can customize your deployment, including the size of the compute services instance, based on the number of licensed cores.

    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 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—including the size of the compute services instance, based on the number of licensed cores—will affect the cost of deployment. For cost estimates, see the pricing pages for each AWS service you will be using. Prices are subject to change.

    You will need a SAS license to launch this Quick Start. Your SAS account team and the SAS Enterprise Excellence Center can advise on the appropriate software licensing and sizing to meet workload and performance needs.