Deploy Alfresco Content Services into a new VPC

or deploy into your existing VPC
(See guide for license and AMI requirements)

To deploy an Alfresco Content Services cluster on AWS, view the Quick Start deployment guide. The guide provides step-by-step instructions to help you get the most out of your Alfresco Content Services deployment.

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Use this Quick Start to deploy an Alfresco Content Services server cluster on the AWS Cloud.

Alfresco Content Services is an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system that is used for document and case management, project collaboration, web content publishing, and compliant records management. The flexible compute, storage, and database services that AWS offers make it an ideal platform for Alfresco Content Services. This Quick Start presents an enterprise-grade Alfresco Content Services configuration that you can adapt to virtually any scenario, and scale up, down, or out, depending on your use case.

The Quick Start includes AWS CloudFormation templates that deploy Alfresco Content Services automatically into a highly available, secure AWS Cloud environment.

  • What you'll build

    Use this Quick Start to set up the following Alfresco Content Services environment on AWS:

    • A virtual private cloud (VPC) configured across two Availability Zones, with one public and one private subnet in each Availability Zone.*
    • An Internet gateway to allow access to the Internet. This gateway is used by the bastion hosts to send and receive traffic.*
    • In the public subnets, managed NAT gateways to allow outbound Internet access for resources in the private subnets.*
    • A Linux bastion host in each public subnet to allow inbound Secure Shell (SSH) access to the resources in the private subnets.*
    • Elastic Load Balancing integrated with Auto Scaling, for load balancing across the Alfresco Content Services servers, with customizable CPU-based thresholds for scaling the instance capacity up or down. 
    • An IAM role with fine-grained permissions to manage access to AWS services, and security groups to restrict access to only necessary protocols and ports. 
    • In the private subnets, Alfresco Content Services servers and Index servers.
    • Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) for shared file storage for the cluster.
    • Amazon Aurora -- or Amazon Relational Database System (Amazon RDS) for MySQL in the EU (Frankfurt) Region -- as the shared database for the cluster. The database is deployed in multiple Availability Zones for high availability and automatically backed up on a schedule that you define.
    • Your choice to create a new VPC or deploy Alfresco Content Services into your existing VPC. The template that deploys the Quick Start into an existing VPC skips the tasks marked by asterisks above.

    For details, see the Quick Start deployment guide.

  • Deployment details

    Build your Alfresco Content Services server cluster in a few simple steps:

    1. Sign up for an AWS account at
    2. Request a trial license, upload the license to an S3 bucket, and note its URL.
    3. Subscribe to the Alfresco Content Services AMI in the AWS Marketplace.
    4. Launch the Quick Start into a new VPC, if you want to build a new AWS infrastructure. (View template)
      Launch the Quick Start into an existing VPC, if you already have your AWS environment set up. (View template)
      Each deployment takes about an hour.
    5. Test the deployment. 

    To customize your deployment, you can choose different instance types for your resources, configure your cluster nodes, and adjust storage settings.  

    For detailed instructions, see the Quick Start deployment guide.

  • Cost and licenses

    This deployment launches Alfresco Content Services 5.2 automatically into a configuration of your choice. You are responsible for acquiring a trial license from Alfresco Software or using a valid existing license if you have an active subscription. There is no additional cost for using the Quick Start, but you are responsible for the cost of the AWS services used while running this Quick Start reference deployment. In addition, this Quick Start requires a subscription to the Alfresco Content Services BYOL AMI from the AWS Marketplace, and additional pricing, terms, and conditions may apply.

    Prices are subject to change. See the pricing pages for each AWS service you will be using for full details.