Multi-node on Timescale Cloud

If you have a larger workload, you might need more than one TimescaleDB instance. TimescaleDB multi-node allows you to run and manage multiple instances, which can give you faster data ingest, and more responsive and efficient queries for many large workloads.

This section shows you how to use multi-node on Timescale Cloud. You can also use multi-node on Managed Service for TimescaleDB, or self-hosted TimescaleDB.


In some cases, your processing speeds could be slower in a multi-node cluster, because distributed hypertables need to push operations down to the various data nodes. It is important that you understand multi-node architecture before you begin, and plan your database according to your specific environment.

For more information about how multi-node works, see the multi-node on TimescaleDB section.

Set up multi-node on Timescale Cloud

To create a multi-node cluster, you need an access node that stores metadata for the distributed hypertable and performs query planning across the cluster, and any number of data nodes that store subsets of the distributed hypertable dataset and run queries locally.

Before you begin, make sure you have signed up for your Timescale Cloud account.

Setting up multi-node on Timescale Cloud

  1. Log in to your Timescale Cloud account and click Create Service.
  2. Go to the Without demo data tab to create the cluster without a data source. You can add your own data source later on. Click Advanced options to configure your service as a multi-node cluster.
  3. In the Create a service page, select the multi-node service type.
  4. Choose your preferred region, or accept the default region of us-east-1.
  5. Accept the default for the data nodes, or click Change to choose the number of data nodes, and their compute and disk size.
  6. Accept the default for the access node, or click Change to choose the compute and disk size.
  7. Click Create service. Take a note of the service information, you need these details to connect to your multi-node cluster. The service takes a few minutes to start up.
  8. When the service is ready, you can see the service in the Service Overview page. Click on the name of your new multi-node service to see more information, and to make changes.

For more information about how multi-node works, see the multi-node on TimescaleDB section.

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