After you’ve determined your configuration options, set up your virtual machines (VMs). The ThoughtSpot base image for booting the VMs and some other aspects of system setup will be shared with you on GCP by ThoughtSpot.
About the ThoughtSpot and Google Cloud Platform
ThoughtSpot uses a custom image to populate VMs on GCP. The base image is a Centos derived image, which will be available to you in your Google Compute Engine project for Boot disk options under Custom Images.
Ask ThoughtSpot Support for access to this image. We will need the Google account/email ID of the individual who will be signed into your organization’s GCP console. We will share ThoughtSpot’s GCP project with them so they can use the contained boot disk image for creating ThoughtSpot VMs.
Before you can create a ThoughtSpot cluster, you need to provision VMs. We’ll do this on Google Compute Engine, the GCP platform for creating and running VMs.
In a nutshell, the required configuration ThoughtSpot is:
- 64 vCPU
- 416 GB RAM
- 250 GB SSD for the boot disk, provisioned with a ThoughtSpot base image
- Two 1 TB SSDs for data
The following topics walk you through this process.
Create an instance
Sign in to the Google Cloud Console.
Go to the Compute Engine dashboard, and select the associated ThoughtSpot project.
Select VM instances on the left panel and click CREATE INSTANCE.
Provide a name for the image, choose a region, choose number of CPUs (e.g., 8 vCPUs for a cluster), and click Customize to further configure CPUs and memory.
For Machine type set the following configuration:
Setting Value Cores
Extend memory Enabled (checkmark) CPU platform
Automatic(or select one of the preferred CPU platforms,
Intel Broadwell, if available)
Configure the Boot disk.
a. Scroll down to the find the Boot disk section and click Change.
b. Click Custom Images on the tabs at the top, select a ThoughtSpot base image and configure the boot disk as follows:
Setting Value Image
Boot disk type
Standard persistent disk
200Note: ThoughtSpot updates these base images with patches and enhancements. If more than one image is available, the latest one is always at the top of the list. Both will work, but we recommend using the latest image because it typically contains the latest security and maintenance patches.
c. Click Select to save the boot disk configuration.
Back on the main configuration page, click to expand the advanced configuration options (Management, security, disks, networking, sole tenancy).
Attach two 1 TB SSD drives. These drives will be used for the data storage.
a. Click the Disks tab, and click Add new disk.
b. Configure the following settings for each disk.
Setting Value Type
SSD persistent disk
Customize the network settings as needed, preferably use your default VPC settings.
Repeat these steps to create the necessary number of such VMs.
Prepare the VMs (ThoughtSpot Systems Reliability Team)
Before we can install a ThoughtSpot cluster, an administrator must log in to each VM via SSH as user “admin” and complete the following preparation steps:
sudo /usr/local/scaligent/bin/prepare_disks.shon every machine.
- Configure each VM based on the site-survey.
Launch the cluster
Upload the TS tarball to one of the machines and proceed with the normal cluster creation process, using tscli cluster create.
As you develop your expertise in GCP VM creation, we recommend the following ThoughtSpot U course: