reference deployment

SIOS Protection Suite for Linux on AWS

High availability Linux clustering solution on the AWS Cloud

This Quick Start sets up an AWS architecture for SIOS Protection Suite for Linux and deploys it into your AWS account in about half an hour.

SIOS Protection Suite for Linux provides a tightly integrated combination of high availability failover clustering, continuous application monitoring, data replication, and configurable recovery policies. SIOS Protection Suite for Linux includes SIOS LifeKeeper, SIOS DataKeeper, and multiple Application Recovery Kits (ARKs) to protect your business-critical applications and data from downtime and disasters.

This Quick Start uses AWS CloudFormation templates to deploy SIOS Protection Suite for Linux into a virtual private cloud (VPC) within a single AWS Region across two Availability Zones.

This Quick Start is for enterprise users who want to deploy SIOS Protection Suite for Linux on AWS into their test or production environment.


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

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

    • One virtual private cloud (VPC) with associated private and public subnets and security groups across two Availability Zones.*
    • An internet gateway to allow access to the internet.*
    • In each public subnet, up to four Linux bastion host instances for remote administration.*
    • (Optional) In the public subnets, a Remote Desktop Gateway server for remote administration.
    • In the public subnets, two network address translation (NAT) gateways to allow outbound internet access for resources in the private subnets.*
    • In the private subnets, two cluster nodes featuring SIOS Protection Suite for Linux high availability software.

    *  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.

    Technical specifications for this architecture:

    Component Details
    VPC Single AWS Region with two Availability Zones.
    Instance type Minimum recommended: t2.medium.
    Operating system See the SIOS Protection Suite for Linux Support Matrix.
    Elastic IP address One Elastic IP address connected to each bastion host instance (up to four in each public subnet), and one additional Elastic IP address connected to the optional Remote Desktop Gateway server (one total).
    Instances Two instances: two SIOS Protection Suite for Linux cluster nodes.
    Volumes Two volumes (gp2 or io3) per cluster node: one home volume (/) and one additional volume for replicated data storage.
  •  How to deploy
  • To build your SIOS Protection Suite for Linux environment on AWS in about half an hour, 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. Sign up for the 14-day free trial for SIOS Protection Suite for Linux or obtain a runtime license by contacting SIOS.
    3. Subscribe to the SIOS Protection Suite for Linux on RHEL 7.4 - BYOL AMI in the AWS Marketplace.
    4. Launch the Quick Start. You can choose from the following two options:
    5. Test the deployment by verifying that the full stack has been created successfully, and that the lcdstatus command reports that failover is allowed for all resources.

    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, such as instance type, 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.

    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