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Bring your own cloud (BYOC)

About BYOC

Aiven services are usually deployed on Aiven-managed infrastructure, using Aiven-managed security protocols, and backed by Aiven-managed storage and backups. This provides the most seamless straightforward de-risked approach to deploying Aiven services. However, you might need a different configuration if your business, project, or organization has specific requirements for strict regulatory compliance, fine-grained network access control, or cloud purchase commitments in place, for instance.

This is where the bring your own cloud (BYOC) feature comes in enabling you to use your own cloud infrastructure instead of using the Aiven-managed infrastructure. With BYOC, your Aiven organization gets connected with your cloud provider account by creating custom clouds in your Aiven organization. A custom cloud is a secure environment within your cloud provider account to run Aiven-managed data services. By enabling BYOC, creating custom clouds, and setting up Aiven services within the custom clouds, you can manage your infrastructure on the Aiven platform while keeping your data in your own cloud.

Why use BYOC

Consider using BYOC and custom clouds if you have specific business needs or project requirements. There are a few major reasons to use BYOC:

  • Compliance: Aiven offers managed environments for several standard compliance regulations, such as HIPAA, PCI DSS, and GDPR. However, if you have strict regulatory requirements or special compliance requirements, BYOC may be the best option for you.
  • Network auditing: If you require the visibility of all traffic within any VPC you operate in or need frequent auditing capabilities, BYOC is potentially a good fit. BYOC gives you the ability to audit network metadata but not the actual contents.
  • Fine-grained network control: BYOC only requires specific network access for Aiven (for example, service management or troubleshooting) to deploy and manage open source data services, otherwise allowing you to customize your network to meet any internal requirements or requirements of your customers.
  • Cost optimization: Depending on your cloud provider, with BYOC you can use cost savings plans, committed use discounts, or other strategies to save on compute and storage infrastructure costs related to Aiven services.

Who is eligible for BYOC

The BYOC setup is a bespoke service offered on a case-by-case basis, and not all cloud providers support it yet. Meet a few requirements to be eligible for BYOC:

  • You use one of the following public clouds: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), or Microsoft Azure (excluding Azure Germany).
  • Your total monthly spend is at least $5,000.00 for at least 12 months.
  • You use at least the Priority tier of Aiven support services.

When to use the regular Aiven deployment

BYOC deployments are not automated, and they add additional complexity to communicating to the Aiven control plane, service management, key management, and security.

In most cases, you can meet your regulatory and business requirements by utilizing a regular Aiven deployment or Enhanced Compliance Environment.

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If you would like to understand BYOC better or are unsure which deployment model is the best fit for you, contact sales@aiven.io.

BYOC pricing and billing

Unlike Aiven's standard all-inclusive pricing, the BYOC setup has custom pricing depending on the nature of your requirements. If you enter this arrangement, you are responsible for all cloud infrastructure and network traffic charges.

You receive two separate monthly invoices, one from Aiven for their managed services and another from the cloud service provider for the cloud infrastructure costs. This enables you to use any cloud commit you may have and potentially leverage committed use discounts (CUDs) in certain cases.

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For a cost estimate and analysis, contact the sales team.

Standard BYOC architecture

With BYOC, you can use any standard Aiven method (for example, CLI or Terraform to manage your services and generally have the same user experience as with the regular Aiven deployment model.

Overview architecture diagram with VPC set up

The standard BYOC deployment requires you to create a Virtual Private Cloud (BYOC VPC) dedicated to Aiven-managed services within a cloud region you want to operate in. Aiven accesses this VPC from a static IP address and routes traffic through a proxy for additional security. To accomplish this, Aiven utilizes a bastion host physically separated from the Aiven services you deploy. You are able to integrate your services using standard VPC peering techniques.

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Although the bastion host and the service nodes reside in the VPC under your management (BYOC VPC), they are not accessible (for example, via SSH) to anyone outside Aiven.

The bastion and workload nodes require outbound access to the Internet to work properly (supporting HA signaling to the Aiven management node and RPM download from Aiven repositories).

Depending on the service used, Aiven takes regular backups to enable forking, point in time recovery (PITR), and disaster recovery. These backups by default do not reside in your cloud. If there is a requirement to have all backups in your own cloud, it's still possible. To accomplish this, Aiven needs an object storage and read-write permissions.

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All backups are encrypted using Aiven-managed keys, and you are responsible for managing object storage configurations.

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