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Phase 1: simple Avalon deployment, each component on one EC2 instance.

Amazon VPC

Create 1 VPC with 1 public and 2 private subnets (in 2 different availability zones) (Amazon RDS requires 2+ availability zones)

  • 1 security group for public subnet, allows 8080, 8983 and SSH.
  • 1 security group for private subnet, allows HTTP(S) and SSH.

Amazon RDS

Create new DB subnet group from previous 2 private subnets

Create new RDS instance with MySql engine

Amazon EC2

1 small instance for Avalon web server

4 micro instances for backend components: Matterhorn, Fedora, Red5, Solr


Regular install Manual Installation Instructions#Matterhorn


Install Tomcat 7.0.70 Setup a Server for Hydra 10 Development#InstallFedora4.5.1

Create Fedora db on Amazon RDS instance

Create fcrepo user and grant access to Fedora db

Install Fedora on existing Tomcat Fedora (standalone) (change JDBC url to Amazon RDS MySQL)


Deploy Solr Docker on Elastic Beanstalk

Amazon Elastic Transcoder

Matterhorn and Red5 can be replaced by AET & CloudFront. Steps:

  • Create AET pipeline and presets
  • Create CloudFront HLS & RTMP streaming directories
  • Create ActiveEncode engine adapter for AET.
  • Rewrite ActiveEncodeJob that uploads file from Rails server to S3 and polls for progress.
  • Modify active_encode initializer and MasterFile model to use AET.
  • Modify Avalon config to use CloudFront streaming
  • Figure out stream auth


  • Dropbox: can use Amazon Lambda function to monitor and ingest
  • Can use Amazon SNS and SQS for notifications and polling.
  • May upload directly to S3 (not through Rails server)


 There are two ways to install Avalon on AWS: