AWS configuration options

Your instances require specific configurations of memory, CPU, storage, and networking capacity.

ThoughtSpot can be deployed in your AWS environment by deploying compute (VM) instances in your Amazon VPC as well as an underlying persistent storage infrastructure. Currently two configuration modes are supported by ThoughtSpot:

  • Mode 1: Compute VMs + EBS-only persistent storage

  • Mode 2: Compute VMs + EBS and S3 persistent storage

The cost of infrastructure for deploying ThoughtSpot is cheaper when using S3. However, there are differences in where data is loaded, as well as in the backup and restore procedures. For assistance in choosing the best mode for your organization, contact your ThoughtSpot representative. For more information on purchasing ThoughtSpot in AWS, see: ThoughtSpot Pricing.

All AWS VMs in a ThoughtSpot cluster must be in the same availability zone (and therefore, also in the same region). ThoughtSpot does not support deploying VMs in the same cluster across availability zones. For more information, see Regions and Availability Zones in Amazon’s AWS documentation.

ThoughtSpot AWS instance types

The following sections contain the supported and recommended instance types for a ThoughtSpot AWS deployment. When setting up your cluster in AWS, use the information here to select an instance type, configure the number of instances required for the storage you need, and add data volumes to your cluster.

When choosing an instance type, ensure that it uses Intel CPUs.

For example: If you were deploying a total cluster data size of 1 TB using the standard r5.16xlarge instance type, you would need 4 VM instances, because the instance type supports data capacity of 250 GB. The data volumes on the EBS would need to be provision with 2x1 TB volumes per VM.

VMs with EBS-only persistent storage

persistent storage ebs
Per VM user data capacity Instance type CPU/RAM Recommended per-VM EBS volume Required boot volume capacity

20 GB

r4.4xlarge, r5.4xlarge

16/122, 16/128

2X 400 GB

200 GB for each node

100 GB

r4.8xlarge, r5.8xlarge

32/244, 32/256

2X 400 GB

200 GB for each node

192 GB

m5.24xlarge

96/384

2X 1 TB

200 GB for each node

250 GB

r4.16xlarge, r5.16xlarge

64/488, 64/512

2x 1 TB

200 GB for each node

384 GB

r5.24xlarge

96/768

2X 1.5 TB

200 GB for each node

VMs with EBS and S3 persistent storage

persistent storage ebs s3
Per VM user data capacity Instance type CPU/RAM Recommended per-VM EBS volume Required boot volume capacity

20 GB

r4.4xlarge, r5.4xlarge

16/122, 16/128

1x 500 GB

200 GB for each node

100 GB

r4.8xlarge, r5.8xlarge

32/244, 32/256

1x 500 GB

200 GB for each node

192 GB

m5.24xlarge

96/384

1x 500 GB

200 GB for each node

250 GB

r4.16xlarge, r5.16xlarge

64/488, 64/512

1x 500 GB

200 GB for each node

384 GB

r5.24xlarge

96/768

1x 500 GB

200 GB for each node

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For most instances, the per VM recommended user data capacity is set at 50% of the available RAM on the instance. However, in the case of our 16CPU/128GB RAM and 32CPU/256GB RAM instances, we support user data sizes below those numbers to budget for application overhead.