A deployment set is a policy that controls the distribution of Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instances. You can use deployment sets to plan how to implement disaster recovery plans and ensure service availability when you create ECS instances.

Deployment strategies

You can use a deployment set to distribute your ECS instances to different physical servers to ensure high service availability and implement underlying disaster recovery. If you specify a deployment set when you create ECS instances, the instances are created and distributed based on the deployment strategy that you preset for the deployment set within the specified region.

Deployment sets support the following deployment strategies:
  • High availability strategy

    When you use the high availability strategy for a deployment set in a specified region, all ECS instances in the deployment set are distributed across different physical servers in the region. The high availability strategy applies to application architectures where ECS instances must be isolated from each other, and can significantly reduce the chances of service unavailability.

  • High availability group strategy

    When you use the high availability group strategy for a deployment set, the deployment set can be divided into up to seven deployment set groups. You can distribute multiple instances in a deployment set to different deployment set groups based on your business needs. Instances in different deployment set groups are strictly distributed to different physical servers. Instances in the same deployment set group may not be strictly distributed to different physical servers.

Note If a supply shortage occurs in a specified region, you may be unable to create ECS instances or start pay-as-you-go instances that were stopped in economical mode in that region. In these cases, we recommend that you wait a while and try again.

Deployment example

The following figure shows a typical example on how to use a deployment set to improve business reliability. In the deployment set, four ECS instances are distributed to four different physical servers. Overview

To maintain low communication latency between ECS instances, we recommend that you keep the network types of the instances the same. For example, you can select the same virtual private cloud (VPC) for the ECS instances when you create them.


Deployment sets are free of charge, but you are charged for the usage of ECS instances, disks, snapshots, images, and public bandwidth in deployment sets. For more information, see Overview.


Before you use deployment sets, take note of the following items:

  • Deployment sets cannot be merged.
  • Preemptible instances cannot be created in deployment sets.
  • Dedicated hosts cannot be created in deployment sets.
  • When you create ECS instances in a deployment set, you can create up to 20 ECS instances within each zone. This limit varies with your ECS usage. You can use the following formula to calculate the maximum number of ECS instances that you can create in a deployment set within a region: 20 × Number of zones within the region.
  • Instances of the following instance families can be created in deployment sets:
    • g8m, c7, g7, g7ne, r7, c6, g6, r6, c5, g5, r5, c6e, g6e, r6e, c7se, g7se, r7se, r6se, c7t, g7t, r7t, c7a, g7a, r7a, c6a, g6a, r6a, g5ne, re6, re6p, re4, and ic5
    • hfc7, hfg7, hfr7, hfc6, hfg6, hfr6, hfc5, and hfg5
    • d2s, d2c, d1, d1ne, d1-c14d3, and d1-c8d3
    • i3, i3g, i2, i2g, i2ne, i2gne, and i1
    • se1ne, sn1, sn1ne, sn2, sn2ne, and se1
    • ebmg5, sccgn6, scch5, sccg5, scch5s, and sccg5s
    • s6, t6, xn4, mn4, n2, n1, and n4
    • gn6i
    You can call the DescribeDeploymentSetSupportedInstanceTypeFamily operation to query instance families that support deployment sets.
  • Supply shortage may result in a failure to create instances or start pay-as-you-go instances that were stopped in economical mode in a deployment set. For more information, see Economical mode.

For more information about the limits and quotas of deployment sets, see the "Deployment set limits" section in Limits.

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