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An AWS account is needed to create and manage cluster on AWS. The following criteria must be met:

  • An account on AWS.
  • A Stakater user (ask Stakater team for the email to use for this user) with admin privileges on a separate project (Recommended). See the required permissions for AWS if you do not want to grant admin privilege.
  • Resource limits must be applied on the account and the following resources must be allowed to be created.
Type Limit
Virtual Machines Varies. The limit should be 12 initially. (Initial deployment is 3 control plane + 3 infra + 3 worker)
Regional vCPUs The limit should be A x B x 2 , where A = no. of VMS (worker + infra + control plane), B = vCPUs per VM)
Elastic IPs (EIPs) 5
Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) 5
Elastic Load Balancing (ELB/NLB) 3
NAT Gateways 5
Elastic Network Interfaces (ENIs) At least 12
VPC Gateway 20
S3 buckets 99
Security Groups 250
Machine Specifications 6 machines of 8x32x120G
Region Region will be identified by the customer

Instance Types#

SAAP offers the following worker node types and sizes on AWS:

General Purpose#

  • m5.xlarge (4 vCPU, 16 GiB)
  • m5.2xlarge (8 vCPU, 32 GiB)
  • m5.4xlarge (16 vCPU, 64 GiB)

Memory Optimized#

  • r5.xlarge (4 vCPU, 32 GiB)
  • r5.2xlarge (8 vCPU, 64 GiB)
  • r5.4xlarge (16 vCPU, 128 GiB)

Compute Optimized#

  • c5.2xlarge (8 vCPU, 16 GiB)
  • c5.4xlarge (16 vCPU, 32 GiB)


Node autoscaling is available on AWS. You can configure the autoscaler option to automatically scale the number of machines in a cluster.