Accelerate the deployment of highly available clusters on the AWS Cloud

This Quick Start deploys SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud.

SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition provides high availability cluster protection in a cloud environment. Fully integrated with Windows Server Failover Cluster (WSFC), it enables storage-agnostic clusters in WSFC environments where shared storage is impossible or impractical. SIOS DataKeeper extends WSFC with automatic failover of application instances across Availability Zones or AWS Regions for disaster protection. 

This Quick Start uses AWS CloudFormation templates to deploy a two-node Microsoft SQL Server cluster with SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition across two Availability Zones.


This Quick Start was developed by SIOS Technology Corp. in collaboration with AWS. SIOS is an AWS Partner.

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

    • A highly available architecture that spans two Availabilty 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 to allow outbound internet access for resources in the private subnets.*
      • Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway) instances in an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Auto Scaling group for remote administration.*
    • In the private subnets:
      • Two Active Directory domain controllers.
      • Two Microsoft SQL Server cluster nodes featuring SIOS DataKeeper replication software.
    • AWS Secrets Manager to store credentials.
    • AWS Systems Manager runbook to automate the deployment.

    *  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 SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition on AWS, follow the instructions in the deployment guide. The deployment process takes about 45 minutes and includes these steps:

    1. Sign in to your AWS account. If you don’t have an AWS account, sign up at
    2. Subscribe to the SIOS DataKeeper Cluster Edition AMI in the AWS Marketplace. The following licensing options are available:
    3. Launch the Quick Start. Before you create the stack, choose the AWS Region from the top toolbar. You can 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 the Quick Start.

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

    This Quick Start uses Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) from AWS Marketplace. In addition, this deployment of SIOS Protection Suite for Linux uses a Bring Your Own License (BYOL) model. You can purchase a runtime license or request a 14-day free trial license. You also have the option of using a Pay As You Go (PAYG) license model, which installs a basic license. If later you want to upgrade to full functionality, contact SIOS sales.

    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 about the report, see  What are AWS Cost and Usage Reports?
  •  Resources
  • This Quick Start reference deployment is related to a solution featured in Solution Space that includes a solution brief, optional consulting offers crafted by AWS Competency Partners, and AWS co-investment in proof-of-concept (PoC) projects. To learn more about these resources, visit Solution Space.