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Denodo Platform for AWS 7.0 Free Trial BYOL - Quick Start Guide

Thank you for your confidence in Denodo and choosing the Denodo Platform for AWS as your data virtualization technology!

This quick start guide will give you an overview of  the Denodo Platform and how to quickly start building data virtualization solutions on AWS.

Denodo Platform for AWS Architecture Overview

The Denodo Platform for AWS is derived from our enterprise-class product, the Denodo Platform, and they share the same building blocks:

  • Virtual DataPort (VDP): this is the main data virtualization component (engine),, that allows to connect to a variety of data sources, combine their data and publish the results for client applications to consume. It’s composed of a server (VDP server or VQL server), the VDP Administration Tool (a desktop client that you will use for both administration of the server and development of data virtualization solutions) and the Data Catalog (a browser-based tool that allows end users to easily consume data services).
  • ITPilot (ITP): this is the semi-structured information module. It is normally used for web automation, mainly for accessing web pages and extracting information from them.
  • Scheduler (SCHED): this is our batch processing tool, that connects to data sources and the VDP server and allows to regularly run data exports, refresh and/or invalidate caches, etc. It is composed of the Scheduler server and the Scheduler Administration Tool (a web application).

You can find more detailed information on the Denodo Platform documentation available on https://community.denodo.com/docs/html/browse/7.0/

Denodo Platform for AWS Free Trial BYOL Usage Instructions

First Steps

The 14 day free trial offers the flexibility of instantiating the Denodo Free Trial AMI under Customer's AWS account. Therefore it is expected that you already have an AWS account that you can use to logon to the AWS Marketplace.

Thereafter, you can search, create and launch the Denodo Free Trial instance through the EC2 console.

You are responsible for operating your own AWS account. You can create and launch your Denodo Platform for AWS BYOL instance using that AWS Account. Log on to the AWS Marketplace, search for the Denodo Platform for AWS listing you prefer, and launch the instance through the EC2 Console.

After launching the instance the following activities must be performed in the instance:

  1. Register for Denodo Platform Free Trial
  2. Activate the denodo user.
  3. Install a Denodo Platform license.
  4. Start Denodo Platform services.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

1-Register for Denodo Platform Free Trial

You can obtain your 14 days free trial license registering through the following page clicking on the START FREE TRIAL button for the Free Trial using your AWS account option.

https://www.denodo.com/en/denodo-platform/free-trials

After the registration a 14 day Denodo Platform license will be available for you.

2- Activate the denodo User

Once the Denodo Platform for AWS BYOL instance is running you have to log in Windows  as Administrator user through a Remote Desktop Connection. Detailed instructions are available on https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/WindowsGuide/connecting_to_windows_instance.html

Once connected as administrator user you have to complete the following tasks:

  1. Launch Computer Management on the Windows BYOL instance.
  2. Select Local Users and Groups > Users.
  3. Right-click the denodo user.
  4. Select Properties.
  5. If it is not already, clear the Account is disabled checkbox.
  6. Click Apply.
  7. Right-click the denodo user.
  8. Select Set Password.
  9. Enter and confirm your new password.

After completing these steps for activating the denodo user, then you can log out as Administrator and use Remote Desktop Connection to log in to the Windows instance using the denodo user and the password you set.

3- Install the Denodo Platform License

Once you have a Denodo Platform license file, log in the Denodo Platform for AWS BYOL instance through Remote Desktop Connection with the denodo user.

Copy the Denodo Platform license file to the AWS instance, rename it as denodo.lic, and save it in the C:\Denodo\DenodoPlatform7.0\conf directory. The appropriate license is checked out after starting the Denodo VDP server.

4- Start Denodo Platform Services

Logged in as the denodo user through Remote Desktop Connection and once a Denodo Platform license is installed you can start enjoying Denodo Platform.

You have to launch the Denodo Platform Control Center that allows starting and stopping all Denodo Platform servers and tools, as well as a group of additional functions.

You can find more information on https://community.denodo.com/docs/html/browse/7.0/platform/installation/denodo_platform_control_center/denodo_platform_control_center

Through the Denodo Platform Control Center you can start the Virtual DataPort (VDP) server and then launch the Virtual DataPort Administration Tool to connect to VDP server.

Denodo VDP default administrator user is admin with admin as default password. You should change the administrator password as soon as possible to ensure that you are operating under a secure environment.

You can find more information on https://community.denodo.com/docs/html/browse/7.0/vdp/administration/index

Further Recommended Steps

Once you are all set to start building your data virtualization solutions on AWS, we recommend that you check out all the available information:

Technical Assistance During the Free Trial Period

Denodo is committed to helping you succeed with the Denodo Platform through our comprehensive network of technical support and services. Technical assistance during the Free Trial will be facilitated via the Denodo Community.

You can always post your question directly on the Q&A section, a moderated forum on our Community Site, where the Denodo Team plus data virtualization professionals and enthusiasts will assist you. Our community is knowledgeable and tenacious and there's no question without a valid answer. Technical resources such as product documentation, Knowledge Base articles, step-by-step tutorials, and how-to videos are also available.

If you want to chat with one of our Cloud specialists, you can send and email to cloud.solutions@denodo.com with subject “Cloud advisor meeting request”.

If you plan to leverage the Free Trial as a means to POC/extended validation, a Denodo engineer will work with your team to outline the success criteria and testing scenarios to get you further ahead on your path to data driven simplification, then you can send an email to
cloud.solutions@denodo.com with subject "Cloud advisor POC request".

Customer will use commercially reasonable efforts to resolve issues before escalating them to Denodo. Denodo will make a commercially reasonable effort to provide support to customer and reserves the right to refuse providing Maintenance and Support Services for customers who do not reach a minimum commercially reasonable level of monthly usage of any of the Denodo Platform for AWS products.

FAQ

What is Amazon EC2?

Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) presents a true virtual computing environment, allowing customers to use web service interfaces to launch instances with a variety of operating systems, load them with a custom application environment, manage network access permissions, and run an image using as many or few systems as desired. To use Amazon EC2, customers simply:

  • Select a preconfigured, templated Amazon Machine Image (AMI) to get up and running immediately.
  • Choose which instance type(s), then start, terminate, and monitor as many instances of the AMI as needed, using the web service APIs or the variety of management tools provided.
  • Pay only for the resources actually consumed, like instance-hours or data transfer.

What is AWS Marketplace?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace is an online store that makes it easy for customers to find, compare, and immediately start using the software and services that run on the AWS Cloud that they need to build products and run their businesses.  Visitors to the marketplace can use AWS Marketplace’s 1-Click deployment to quickly launch pre-configured software and pay only for what they use, by the hour or month.  AWS handles billing and payments, and software charges appear on customers’ AWS bill.  

Who is the intended customer base for the Denodo Platform for AWS?

Literally any organization of any size can use and benefit from the Denodo Platform for AWS.

What do I need to buy the Denodo Platform for AWS on AWS Marketplace?

Any customer eligible to use AWS products is also able to shop on AWS Marketplace. Customers must have an Amazon EC2 account.

Does AWS Marketplace also sell software for customers to install on on-premises servers or PCs?

No. The software listed in AWS Marketplace is only available to run on Amazon EC2. It is not available for download.

What happens when Denodo updates their product?

Denodo will deliver updates for the Denodo Platform for AWS in two ways:

  • Publishing an updated Denodo Platform for AWS AMI. When Denodo publishes an AMI with an update to a Denodo Platform for AWS you are subscribed to, you should receive a notification email from AWS Marketplace that contains information about the update and provides migration instructions. You can always visit the Your Software page to find the latest version provided by the vendor.
  • Publishing a Denodo Platform update in the Denodo Support Site. If you are registered for Denodo Support, Denodo Platform updates will be available from the Denodo Support Site. You can download updates to be applied to a Denodo Platform for AWS instance of which you are subscribed to, without the need to migrate between your current instance and an updated one.

How am I billed for the Denodo Platform for AWS?

If you are using a Denodo Platform for AWS AMI product that has an hourly or annual license fee, you will be billed by AWS for your use of this software. You will receive a bill for the software at the same time that you receive your monthly AWS infrastructure bill.

What privacy options are available with AWS instances?

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) lets customers provision a logically isolated section of the AWS Cloud where AWS resources may be launched in a virtual network that the customer defines. The customer has complete control over the virtual networking environment, including selection of IP address range, creation of subnets, and configuration of route tables and network gateways. Customers can also create a Hardware Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection between a corporate datacenter and a VPC and leverage the AWS cloud as an extension of the corporate datacenter.

What application monitoring capabilities are available for customers?

Amazon CloudWatch is a web service that provides monitoring for AWS cloud resources and applications, starting with Amazon EC2. It provides customers with visibility into resource utilization, operational performance, and overall demand patterns – including metrics such as CPU utilization, disk reads and writes, and network traffic. Customers can get statistics, view graphs, and set alarms for metric data. Amazon CloudWatch aggregates and stores monitoring data that can be accessed using web service APIs or Command Line Tools.

Can customers arrange for high-performance network connectivity to their EC2 instance?

Enhanced Networking enables customers to get significantly higher packet per second (PPS) performance, lower network jitter, and lower latencies. This feature uses a new network virtualization stack that provides higher I/O performance and lower CPU utilization compared to traditional implementations.

What is the recommended AWS instance type to run Denodo servers?

Denodo can run in any type of AWS instance and the best option may be different depending on your use case and workload pattern. Nevertheless, most people run Denodo in AWS general purpose instances (type M) and we recommend using at least m4.xlarge or m5.xlarge instances for production workloads.

Denodo internal lab tests also show significant performance improvements when using m4.4xlarge or m5.4xlarge instances, so if your budget permits it, you should consider them. Using more powerful options (e.g. m4.10xlarge , m5.10xlarge) can also be beneficial for some workloads, but in our tests the improvements when using Denodo are less pronounced.