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AWS Quick Start for HVR is available in the Amazon Web Services (AWS).

What is HVR Quick Start?
AWS Quick Start for HVR is a set of publicly available AWS CloudFormation templates that include high availability, security, and other necessary components that align with AWS best practices. AWS Quick Start for HVR can be used as an automated reference deployment to efficiently build, modify, and configure high-volume, real-time replication environments on the AWS Cloud. It can also be used as-is, deployed into testing and development environments, and adjusted for production.

We worked diligently with AWS solutions architects to design the AWS Quick Start for HVR templates.

It’s easy to get started!
AWS Quick Start for HVR can be found in the AWS Quick Start directory. Initially, you are presented a detailed overview guide, which includes an architecture diagram of the deployment (see image below). To benefit from its simplicity, I highly recommend that you review the guide first.

After selecting AWS Quick Start for HVR, you are redirected to the AWS CloudFormation service tied to your AWS account. You can input parameters or use the recommended defaults. Once the parameters are confirmed, you can deploy the template.

If you closely monitor the template, you will see the creation of several “nested stacks.” The stacks contain various components, such as a virtual private cloud (VPC) that provides the base infrastructure for the public and private subnets. Once the stack deployment completes, you get several output values that you will require to access the environment. All generated passwords are stored in AWS Secrets Manager. With all this information at hand, you can log in and configure HVR to move your data in real-time.

Note: All generated passwords are stored in AWS Secrets Manager.

What is the catch?
Sounds too easy, right? Well, it is that easy! These prerequisites are covered in the Quick Start guide, but are a few things to remember:

An AWS Marketplace subscription to the HVR Bring Your Own License model (BYOL) Amazon Machine Image (AMI) is required.

An HVR license is required and must be placed in AWS Secrets Manager.  The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) for the secret will be required as input when you deploy the Quick Start. If you do not have a license key, contact our team for assistance.

The Quick Start uses sample public and private keys for communication between HVR components. We highly recommend that you update the keys in the template.

Next Steps
Get started! AWS Quick Start for HVR helps to simplify the implementation process to help you securely load data into Amazon Redshift or Snowflake for real-time access.

As mentioned, these templates are public, and you can modify them to meet your requirements. No customer environment is the same—everyone has different requirements or policies and procedures that should be followed—but with this AWS Quick Start for HVR, you have a solid blueprint to start from.

Written by Anton Els, Senior Cloud Architect at HVR, and Tony Bulding, Solutions Architect at AWS

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