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  • Once an AWS account has been created, log on to Amazon EC2 and navigate to EC2 Dashboard.
  • Create Instance from the Launch Instance item that appears on the Dashboard as well as the Instances page.

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Note: The active region is visible in the Amazon Header menu next to the access email address. This can be changed to create servers in different regions, but keep in mind budgeted subscription costs and data usage fees. Also consider permissions for different user levels at this stage.


From the menu on the left, click AWS Marketplace and search for SoftNAS.
Note: SoftNAS Cloud® supports two different virtualization types, either paravirtual (PV) or hardware virtual machine (HVM, required for Enhanced Network Support, recommended) on General Use or Enterprise Level. Choose the instance type that supports predicted network requirements.
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Note: Prices and version levels may have changed.

Select the version that most accurately fits the needs of deployment. Click Next.

3. Choose an Instance Type

Tick Select the Instance instance size that best fits the expected environment. For assistance in determining the correct size for your deployment, see SoftNAS' sizing toolThen click Next: Configure Instance Details.
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Note: At any point past this screen, skip to Review and Launch to accept the default settings for the rest of the option screens.


  1. Click Instances in the left panel. 
    All the instances in the region will be displayed. 
  2. Select the instance for whose which details are to be viewed. 

    The details of that instance will be displayed at the bottom of the screen in different tabs. 

  3. The Description tab shows all the basic and general information of the instance.
  4. The Status Checks tab displays the information on system status checks and instance status checks. Status Check Alarms are created from here: 

    Status Checks & Alarms

  5. The Monitoring tab displays all the CloudWatch alarm and metrics in graph format.

  6. The Tags tab will show all the tags that are associated with the instance. Add, edit or remove tags in this area. 



Setup Recommendations


  • 4GB 8GB or more for best results.

  • 1GB RAM needed for kernel and system ops

  • Anything >1GB is available for use as cache memory

  • Add 1GB RAM per TB of deduplicated data.


  • Minimum of 2 required for normal operation.

  • Add CPUs if CPU usage is observed at >60%.


  • Elastic Block Storage disks run across the network in a SAN configuration.

  • High-performance needs can be met with the extra-charge option Provisioned IOPS.