IBM Planning Analytics on AWS
While less relevant today with IBM offering a cloud based Planning Analytics solution on their SoftLayer cloud there is still the need from time to time to have a Planning Analytics solution on a different cloud provider. At BEM Partners we keep all our demo/test systems on AWS allowing our consultants to access these applications no matter where they are located.
When setting up a system in AWS the first thing you are are going to need to decide on is what operating system do you want your server to run and what size (Cores/RAM) do you need. For the ease a familiarity we are going to focus on a Windows server in this discussion. AWS has begun offering Windows Server 2019 however for compatibility purposes we recommend you use Windows Server 2016.
You have the ability to select servers with SQL Server and other features included but with Planning Analytics not relying on a database for installation you can select the Base Server Instance. If you are needing a server you can always download and install one of the IBM databases that you have access to with your Passport Advantage/Software Access Catalog credentials. This helps keep prices down as Windows Servers without SQL Server included are typically 50 cents per hour cheaper.
Next when selecting your server size we typically like to start with the t3.xlarge server. It gives you enough cores and RAM for you to test out advanced use cases and to play around with some of the multi-threaded capabilities in Planning Analytics. Some other things you will need to decide on is the size of the hard drive memory, how you want to setup security, etc. Once this is all done you are ready to launch your server and begin your installation.
The installation of Planning Analytics is actually very easy until you get to Planning Analytics Workspace (PAW). PAW requires the user of docker and containers and you just need to follow all the installation steps accurately as defined by IBM. One thing to keep in mind when installing PAW is that you are going to need to adjust the default Security settings in Internet Explorer and you are also going to need to modify the Windows Firewall settings. We recommend turning off the windows firewall when doing the installation and then once you have confirmed you have everything working turn it back on and selectively add the ports, etc. that need to be defined in the firewall to allow PAW to work correctly.