This Guidance demonstrates how to install and configure Perforce Helix Core, a popular version management tool for game developers, on AWS. It shows how to deploy Perforce with high availability across multiple AWS Regions and also covers secure connectivity from on-premises data centers and remote clients. By following this Guidance, game developers can implement a Perforce Helix Core installation on AWS, aligning to best practices and keeping costs low.

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Architecture Diagram

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Well-Architected Pillars

The AWS Well-Architected Framework helps you understand the pros and cons of the decisions you make when building systems in the cloud. The six pillars of the Framework allow you to learn architectural best practices for designing and operating reliable, secure, efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable systems. Using the AWS Well-Architected Tool, available at no charge in the AWS Management Console, you can review your workloads against these best practices by answering a set of questions for each pillar.

The architecture diagram above is an example of a Solution created with Well-Architected best practices in mind. To be fully Well-Architected, you should follow as many Well-Architected best practices as possible.

  • AWS CloudFormation allows consistent, repeatable deployments of the application and resources, removing sources of error during deployment that may impact security, reliability, and costs.

    Amazon CloudWatch provides operational metrics and monitoring for the application and resources, logging to a single location, no matter how many resources you are using. Operational and health metrics are also captured at scale and are on by default for all services.

    Read the Operational Excellence whitepaper 
  • Transit Gateway encrypts traffic any time it traverses network links, both inside and outside of AWS. Transit Gateway is a secure, centrally managed service to provide secure peering for both inter- and intra-Region networking.

    Client VPN provides a secure connection to the hosted Perforce Helix Core applications from off-site clients. For virtual workstations, NICE DCV secures both pixels and end-user inputs using end-to-end encryption between the client and server. It also requires authentication from the client before allowing a connection.

    Read the Security whitepaper 
  • AWS Backup centrally manages and automates data protection for the various storage mechanisms used in this architecture diagram. AWS Backup simplifies the backup and recovery of Amazon FSx and, if desired, Amazon EBS stores your Perforce depot and builds a foundation for disaster recovery and business continuity. Additionally, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) allows you to deploy Helix Core standby replicas in different Availability Zones, allowing instant failover in case of an Availability Zone issue.

    Read the Reliability whitepaper 
  • Amazon EC2 provides global infrastructure to place Helix Core edge servers closer to your globally distributed users. Deploying Helix Core edge servers across multiple AWS Regions allows studios to give lower latency access to developers globally by placing edge instances closer to their location. Replication occurs on the AWS high-speed global network, rather than relying on public internet. This allows edge servers to keep in sync more rapidly and frequently.

    Additionally, high performance storage is critical for allowing Helix Core to respond quickly and scale to multiple users. Both Amazon EBS and Amazon FSx provide high speed SSD based storage for responsive file retrieval and commits.

    Read the Performance Efficiency whitepaper 
  • Amazon EC2 provides many different sizes of instances, allowing developers to choose the exact instance size they need. Instances can be scaled up and down as projects transition through various phases of the game development pipeline. Additionally, Amazon FSx provides a cost-effective solution for larger Helix Core depots. Amazon FSx is well suited to the use patterns of large Helix Core depots, and Amazon EBS is an even more cost-effective choice when depot sizes are below 16 TB.

    Read the Cost Optimization whitepaper 
  • Amazon EC2 allows studios to create instances on demand and provides efficient CPU options. Allowing studios to move from on-premises hardware to the cloud enables them to run compute power on an as-needed basis. This reduces waste from redundant or obsolete hardware and means that studios’ Perforce infrastructure will run from at least 90% renewable energy.

    Read the Sustainability whitepaper 

Implementation Resources

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The sample code is a starting point. It is industry validated, prescriptive but not definitive, and a peek under the hood to help you begin.

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