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(New in 4.4.3) The Controller is certified to run on an AWS environment, with Aurora Database.

This section provides information on installing, configuring, and administering a Controller deployment on AWS with Aurora Database. 

Installation Overview

You can deploy a large-scale AppDynamics Controller in AWS using Aurora. Aurora provides higher performance than MySQL, which allows you to scale your Controller to handle more metrics.

Before you install the Controller, review the requirements for the components you plan to install and prepare the host machines. The requirements vary based on the components you deploy and the size of your deployment.

You can manually deploy your Controller on AWS:

  • Deploy the Controller on AWS - This procedure requires attention and time since you have to set up all of the configurations. However, this gives you freedom to customize your deployment.

You use the Enterprise Console to deploy the Controller by specifying Aurora as the database type. The Enterprise Console is the installer for the Controller, and you can use it to manage the entire lifecycle of new or existing AppDynamics Platforms and components.

You can get the software for installing the platform components from the AppDynamics download site. See Download AppDynamics Software for more information.

AppDynamics on AWS Architecture

The following diagram depicts the components of an AppDynamics Controller deployment on AWS.

An Application Load Balancer should be configured in front of the Controller, and SSL should be terminated at the Elastic Load Balancer. 

With Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), you no longer need to worry about database backups, as it takes care of this for you. Also, you no longer need to implement high availability (HA) on your own, since you can instead leverage the Standby Replica that Aurora/RDS offers. With the multi-AZ deployment option, Aurora offers 99.95% availability.

FAQs for Controller on AWS

  • Do I need a Controller High Availability?

    • Your data is migrated in Aurora DB, so it should be safe to create a new Controller from the AMI in case of failure.

    • It is a good practice to cut the new root AMI every time you make a configuration change to the Controller.

  • Do I need to configure database replication?

    • You can configure a read replica instance while creating Aurora DB, which should satisfy most requirements.

  • What about backups?

    • You can configure the backup policy while creating the Aurora DB and modify it later.

 

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