Selecting an Alibaba ECS Instance Type and Size

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The Alibaba Cloud offers many types of instances in various sizes. Choosing the right instance for your workload is an important factor for a successful Tableau Server deployment. You can choose from a wide range of instances. For a complete list of all available instance types and sizes, see Instance type families(Link opens in a new window) at the Alibaba website.

It is important to select an instance that can run Tableau Server. The instance must meet the Tableau Server hardware guidelines (a minimum of 8 cores and 128 GB of RAM).

At minimum, a 64-bit Tableau Server requires a 4-core CPU (the equivalent of 8 vCPUs on an Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instance) and 64 GB RAM. However, a total of 8 CPU cores (16 vCPUs on an ECS instance) and 128 GB RAM are strongly recommended for a single production ECS instance.

The Windows Operating system will recognize these 16 vCPUs as 8 cores, so there is no negative licensing impact.

Typical instance types and sizes for development, test, and production environments

  • ecs.c5.4xlarge

  • ecs.g5.4xlarge

  • ecs.r5.4xlarge

Note: Some instance types may not be available in all regions.

Component/Resource Alibaba Cloud


16+ vCPU

Operating System

  2019.x 2020.1.0 -
2021.3.0 2023.3.1+
Windows Server 2008 R2      
Windows Server 2012    
Windows Server 2012 R2    
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2022

Note: Windows Server 2022 is not supported in versions prior to 2023.3.1. Beginning in April 2023, installers for all versions of Tableau Server on Windows prior to 2023.3.1 block installation on Windows 2022.


128+ GB RAM (4GB RAM per vCPU)


Two volumes:

30-50 GiB volume for the operating system

100 GiB or larger volume for Tableau Server

Storage type

SSD Cloud Disk

For more information about SSD Cloud Disks, see Cloud disks and Shared Block Storage(Link opens in a new window) at the Alibaba website.

Disk latency

Less than or equal to 20ms as measured by the Avg. Transfer disk/sec Performance Counter in Windows.

For more information about disk latency in the Alibaba Cloud and its relationship to IOPS, see Storage parameters and performance test(Link opens in a new window) at the Alibaba website.

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