Create a multi-zone universe

YugabyteDB Anywhere allows you to create a universe in one geographic region across multiple availability zones using one of the cloud providers.

For specific scenarios such as creating large numbers of tables, high rates of DDL change, and so on, consider creating a universe with dedicated nodes for YB-Master processes. Refer to Create a universe with dedicated nodes for more details.


Before you start creating a universe, ensure that you performed steps applicable to the cloud provider of your choice, as described in Create cloud provider configuration.

Create a universe

To create a universe:

  1. Navigate to Dashboard or Universes, and click Create Universe.

  2. Enter the universe details. Refer to Universe settings.

  3. To add a read replica, click Configure Read Replica. Refer to Create a read replica cluster.

  4. Click Create when you are done and wait for the configuration to complete.

Create Universe on GCP

Universe settings

Cloud Configuration

Specify the provider and geolocations for the nodes in the universe:

  • Enter a name for the universe.

  • Choose the provider configuration to use to create the universe.

  • Select the regions in which to deploy nodes. The available regions will depend on the provider you selected.

  • Specify the master placement for the YB-Master processes. Refer to Create a universe with dedicated nodes for more details.

  • Enter the number of nodes to deploy in the universe. When you provide the value in the Nodes field, the nodes are automatically placed across all the availability zones to guarantee the maximum availability.

  • Select the replication factor for the universe.

  • Configure the availability zones where the nodes will be deployed by clicking Add Zone.

  • Use the Preferred setting to set the preferred zone or region.

Instance Configuration

Specify the instance to use for the universe nodes:

  • Choose the Linux version to be provisioned on the nodes of the universe.

  • Select the Instance Type to use for the nodes in the universe.

  • Specify the number and size of the storage volumes, and the storage type.

Security Configurations

To enable public access to the universe, select the Assign Public IP option.

Enable the YSQL and YCQL endpoints and database authentication. You can also enable and disable authentication after deployment. Navigate to your universe, click Actions, and choose Edit YSQL Configuration or Edit YCQL Configuration.

Enter the password to use for the default database admin superuser (yugabyte for YSQL, and cassandra for YCQL). For more information, refer to Database authorization.

Enable encryption in transit to encrypt universe traffic. Refer to Enable encryption in transit.

Enable encryption at rest to encrypt the universe data. Refer to Enable encryption at rest.

Advanced Configuration

Choose the version of YugabyteDB to install on the nodes.

The access key is the SSH key that is created in the provider. Usually, each provider has its own access key, but if you are reusing keys across providers, they are listed here.

For AWS providers, you can assign an ARN to the nodes in the universe; this allow them to be seamlessly backed up without explicit credentials.

To use cron instead of systemd for managing nodes, you can disable systemd services. This not recommended.

To customize the ports used for the universe, select the Override Deployment Ports option and enter the custom port numbers for the services you want to change.


Optionally, add configuration flags for your YB-Master and YB-TServer nodes. You can also set flags after universe creation. Refer to Edit configuration flags.

User Tags

The instances created on a cloud provider can be assigned special metadata to help manage, bill, or audit the resources. You can define these tags when you create a new universe, as well as modify or delete tags of an existing universe. Refer to Create and edit instance tags.

Examine the universe

After the universe is ready, its Overview tab should appear similar to the following illustration:

Multi-zone universe ready

The Universes view allows you to examine various aspects of the universe:

  • Overview provides the information on the current YugabyteDB Anywhere version, the number of nodes included in the primary cluster, the cost associated with running the universe, the CPU and disk usage, the geographical location of the nodes, the operations per second and average latency, the number of different types of tables, as well as the health monitor.
  • Tables provides details about YSQL and YCQL tables included in the universe. Table sizes are calculated across all the nodes in the cluster.
  • Nodes provide details on nodes included in the universe and allows you to perform actions on a specific node (connect, stop, remove, display live and slow queries, download logs). You can also use Nodes to open the cloud provider's instances page. For example, in case of GCP, if you navigate to Compute Engine > VM Instances and search for instances that contain the name of your universe in the instances name, you should see a list of instances.
  • Metrics displays graphs representing information on operations, latency, and other parameters for each type of node and server.
  • Queries displays details about live and slow queries that you can filter by column and text.
  • xCluster Disaster Recovery provides information about any disaster recovery configured for the universe.
  • xCluster Replication provides information about any asynchronous replication in the universe.
  • Tasks provides details about the state of tasks running on the universe, as well as the tasks that have run in the past against this universe.
  • Backups displays information about scheduled backups, if any, and allows you to create, restore, and delete backups.
  • Health displays the detailed performance status of the nodes and components involved in their operation. Health also allows you to pause health check alerts.