One of the questions I get asked a lot is how to go about building a large scale Alfresco platform.
The great thing is that the product is built in such a way that a single installation can be scaled upwards and outwards.
I am going to produce a set of articles that covers an Alfresco deployment from a single server instance (such as what you get if you use the installation Wizard) up to a n-tier, horizontally and vertically scalable solution.
Before we go much further I want to prescribe some prereading. This post is Part 0, becuase it is just the setup. The next post will deal with looking at Alfresco from a Single Server Architecture, while sowing the seeds to help you understand how everything can be broken out and scaled up later on.
As always, our Documentation pages  is the best place to start. It covers basic and advanced installation processes. I’m not going in to the details of setting up ImageMagick or similar products, I am just going to cover at an architectural level.
If you are not currently on an Alfresco One Support Program, you can access the Alfresco Scalability Blueprint here  after filling in a registration form.
This document presents the results of the Alfresco Enterprise benchmarks and uses them to analyze Alfresco 4 performance and scalability in an Enterprise collaboration scenarios. You can use this document as a reference for practical recommendations and best practices for successful sizing, architecture, and deployment of large-scale Alfresco solutions.
Alfresco One support customers can obtain the same document by logging in to the support portal  and searching for the article “How can I scale Alfresco Enterprise 4.0?”