Using CloudFormation with Shares On Demand

Overview

This article describes how to launch Aspera Shares on Demand with an AWS CloudFormation template.  The template will automate the following steps:  

  • Provision Aspera Shares On demand
  • Create an IAM role for S3 access
  • Create a security group
  • Entitle Shares On Demand
  • Create a node within Shares that points to S3 storage

The cloud formation templates were created and tested for version 3.6.2 of Shares on Demand.

 

Preparation

This article requires the following preparation.

  1. You have prepared a VPC
  2. You have an SSH key created in AWS console

 

Details

  1. Login to AWS console
  2. Navigate to the Cloud Formation page
  3. Click on 'Create'
  4. Specify an Amazon S3 template URL: 
    https://s3.amazonaws.com/aspera-helpers/20160722-SHOD-3-6-2-S3.template (note: you can also download and edit the defaults in the template for your specific deployment)
  5. Click Next
  6. Input the parameters specific to your environment, such as:

    • Key Name
    • VPC
    • Subnet Id
    • Customer ID
    • Entitlement ID
  7. Click "Next" to review the config, and then "Create".
  8. The complete deployment and configuration process takes about 10 minutes. Please check the status in the Cloud formation Events tab.

 

Additional resources

  1. Amazon cloud formation documentation
    http://docs.amazonwebservices.com/AWSCloudFormation/latest/UserGuide/Welcome.html
  2. Shares on Demand documentation
    http://downloads.asperasoft.com/en/documentation/57

 

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