Alfresco Content Services degrades gracefully on low-powered hardware, and small installations can run well on any modern server. However, for optimum performance, we recommend the following:
- Use 64 bit systems only.
- Use a system with a clock speed above 2.0 GHz.
- Reserve enough RAM for your operating system beyond the memory required for your JVM.
- Keep search indexes on your local disk instead of on network storage.
Disk space usage
Use a server class machine with SCSI Raid disk array. The performance of reading/writing content is almost solely dependent on the speed of your network and the speed of your disk array. The overhead of the server itself for reading content is very low as content is streamed directly from the disks to the output stream. The overhead of writing content is also low but if Solr is installed on the same machine, additional overhead should be allowed for the indexing process.
Alfresco Content Services runs well when virtualized, but you should expect a reduction in performance. When using the rough sizing requirements given, it might be necessary to allocate twice as many resources for a given number of users when those resources are virtual. Para-virtualization, or virtualized accesses to native host volumes do not require as many resources. Benchmarking your environment is necessary to get a precise understanding of what resources are required.
JVM memory and CPU hardware for multiple users
The repository L2 Cache, plus initial VM overhead, plus basic Alfresco Content Services system memory, is setup with a default installation to require a maximum of approximately 1024 MB.
This means that you can run the repository and web client with many users accessing the system with a basic single CPU server and only 1024 MB of memory assigned to the JVM. However, you must add additional memory as your user base grows, and add CPUs depending on the complexity of the tasks you expect your users to perform, and how many concurrent users are accessing the client.
Number of users
Recommended memory / CPU settings per server
|For 50 concurrent or up to 500 casual users||2.0 GB JVM RAM
2x server CPU (or 1xDual-core)
|For 100 concurrent users or up to 1000 casual users||4.0 GB JVM RAM
4x server CPU (or 2xDual-core)
|For 200 concurrent users or up to 2000 casual users||8.0 GB JVM RAM
8x server CPU (or 4xDual-core)