Stefan Cronje · Aug 4, 2018

IRIS and the Cloud Platform Packages

Hey folks,

I am new to IRIS and cloud platforms. I've done the InterSystems IRIS Experience on the learning site and read a lot of the online documentation. What I am unable to figure out is which type of package or option you will use on the cloud provider.

AWS for example, has AWS EC2, Elastic Beanstalk and some other products geared towards Docker containers.
Azure has Kubernetes and some other options.

Is IRIS and Docker deployed using the "Docker" products of the cloud providers, or should one get VM's on which CentOS is installed and Docker on top of that? Any advice, guidance or clarification on this will be great.

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There are many ways to launch InterSystems IRIS.

If you want to launch it on AWS you can do it one of the following ways.

  1. Provision a EC2 instance with SUSE/RHEL/Ubuntu AMI and install InterSystems IRIS on Linux. Here's the guide. Quickstart.
  2. Provision a EC2 instance with SUSE/RHEL/Ubuntu AMI, install Docker and run InterSystems IRIS  in a container. Documentation. First Look.
  3. Use InterSystems Cloud Manager to provision AMI and run InterSystems IRIS. Documentation. First Look.

What to choose?

  • If you need to run a lot of or a variable number of servers choose 3.
  • If you're unfamiliar with Docker choose 1.
  • If you're familiar with Docker (or want to become familiar with it) choose 2.

Thank you. I am considering option 3, it is a learning curve, as I'do not have any experience in cloud computing.

I am considering Azure, as it is is the only cloud provider with servers in our country and on the continent. Any guidance as to which package/product to use on Azure?

InterSystems Cloud Manager can deploy to Azure. First Look for ICM is a step by step guide to run InterSystems IRIS in a cloud.

Generally you need to run ICM locally (or on some preexisting server)  and then specify a configuration of what you want. ICM would then provision the servers, install InterSystems IRIS, etc.

Thanks. I've figured that much out. I just don't know which Azure product. I will create a trial/test account with them and play around with ICM and see what happens - that should answer many of my questions/concerns. If successful, I will attempt to create an article and post it on the community.

I just don't know which Azure product.

For Azure it would be Virtual Machines as you need to specify these parameters.

Article would be great.