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  • What is a Quick Start?

    Quick Starts are automated reference deployments for key workloads on the AWS Cloud. Each Quick Start launches, configures, and runs the AWS compute, network, storage, and other services required to deploy a specific workload on AWS, using AWS best practices for security and availability.

    Quick Starts eliminate hundreds of manual steps with a single click. They are fast, low-cost, and customizable. They are fully functional, so you can use them for trial, POC, or production. 

    Quick Starts include:

    • AWS CloudFormation templates that provide a JSON scripting environment for configuring the deployment
    • A deployment guide, which explains the architecture and implementation in detail, and provides instructions for customizing the deployment
    • Easy deployment of the solution on the AWS Cloud

    See the complete list of Quick Starts.  

  • Why should I use a Quick Start?

    Quick Starts can help save you time by eliminating hundreds of manual installation and configuration steps in the deployment of key technologies on the cloud. They implement AWS best practices, so they're designed with your security and availability needs in mind.

    Here are some of the ways you can use Quick Starts:

    • As a baseline for your own implementations. Use the patterns and practices from Quick Starts to develop your own solutions.
    • To accelerate solutions for your customers. The Quick Starts are modular and customizable. You can speed up your deployments by using the default automation or by stacking on top of existing Quick Starts. You can choose to build from the ground up, or you can deploy the workload into an existing virtual private cloud (VPC).
    • For agile, frictionless proof-of-concept and scenario testing. Spin up and take down environments as needed to iterate through your scenarios in the least amount of time.
  • What's the difference between a Quick Start and a Test Drive?

    AWS Test Drives and Quick Starts are complementary programs.

    Test Drives are built by APN Consulting and Technology Partners to give customers an opportunity to evaluate the partner's enterprise solution on the AWS Cloud. Test Drives provide a private IT sandbox environment and a set amount of free AWS data center time for exploring and testing. You can contact the APN partner who built the Test Drive for a private pilot or purchase. For more information, see Test Drive Enterprise Solutions on AWS.

    Quick Starts are built by AWS solutions architects in close collaboration with APN Consulting and Technology Partners. They're designed for piloting or production use, and they demonstrate AWS best practices for security, availability, and network configuration. Quick Starts are launched directly into your AWS account to get you up and running right away. You're responsible for the cost of AWS services you use, but there is no additional cost for the Quick Start. AWS also offers community Quick Starts, which are contributed by AWS technology partners.

  • How much does it cost to deploy a Quick Start?

    You are responsible for all costs related to the AWS services you use while running Quick Start reference deployments, and for any license fees. However, there is no additional cost for using the Quick Start.

    Deploying a Quick Start with default settings costs as little as a few dollars in AWS infrastructure charges. To get cost estimates for specific Quick Starts, see the deployment guides. Price estimates are based on default configurations and are subject to change. For full pricing information, see the pricing pages for specific AWS services or the AWS Simple Monthly Calculator.

  • How long does it take to deploy a Quick Start?

    Most Quick Start reference deployments enable you to spin up a fully functional architecture in less than an hour. For information about specific Quick Starts, see the deployment guides.

  • Which technologies are currently supported?

    Quick Starts provide automated solutions for big data, marketing/commerce, security, compliance, and storage, as well as key technologies from Microsoft, SAP, and Oracle.

    Supported Microsoft technologies include Microsoft Lync Server, Exchange Server, Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC), SharePoint Server, SQL Server, Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), and Web Application Proxy and Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS). We also provide a Quick Start that combines Lync Server, SharePoint Server, SQL Server, Exchange Server, and Web Application Proxy / AD FS into a single automated deployment to build an enterprise productivity platform on AWS.

    Automated SAP solutions are SAP HANA and SAP Business One, version for SAP HANA. For Oracle, we provide a Quick Start for automatically deploying Oracle Database.

    Other supported solutions include MongoDB, Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub (EDH), Trend Micro Deep Security, Magento Community Edition, Chef Server, Puppet, Ansible Tower, Docker Datacenter, and Red Hat OpenShift, and many others. 

    Compliance Quick Starts include standardized architectures that support NIST SP 800-53 high-impact controls, NIST-based assurance frameworks, and PCI DSS on the AWS Cloud.

    The catalog also includes Quick Starts that build a virtual networking foundation with Amazon VPC, and provide remote access functionality with Linux bastion hosts and Remote Desktop gateways. You can use these Quick Starts as building blocks for your custom deployments.

    For a full list and more information about each Quick Start, see the Quick Start home page.

  • What are the licensing requirements?

    Each Quick Start is different, but whenever possible, Quick Starts provide licensing options that provide the most flexibility and cost savings. Most Quick Start reference deployments use the Bring Your Own License (BYOL) model. This means that you can use your existing licenses for SAP HANA, Microsoft software, and so on. This model enables you to move your existing workload to the AWS cloud without paying additional software licensing fees. Some Quick Starts use trial licenses that you can upgrade to full licenses when you're ready for production.

    To get licensing information for specific Quick Starts, see the deployment guides. For more information about using your existing licenses for Microsoft technologies, see the Microsoft License Mobility program.

  • Where can I get detailed technical information about a reference deployment?

    Each deployment is discussed in detail in the guide that's provided with the Quick Start. The deployment guide describes the architecture, implementation details, best practices, customizations, and extensions.

    We also offer webinars that provide guided tours of Quick Start reference deployments. For Microsoft technologies, see Events & Webinars for Windows on AWS. For additional training and events, see AWS Training.

  • Can I configure my deployment differently?

    Yes, you can. Quick Starts allow you to tailor deployment settings to meet your requirements. For details, follow the instructions in the deployment guides.

  • I'd like to build a Quick Start. How do I get started?

    If you're interested in building a Quick Start, we'll work with you to get it published. For details, see the following:

  • Where can I send my ideas for future Quick Starts?

    We welcome your feedback. Please contact us, or post your comments and questions on the AWS Quick Start discussion forum.