Getting Started with Confluence Data Center

This page provides an overview of the steps involved in setting up Confluence Data Center.

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1. Get to know Confluence Data Center

There are two products that allow you to run Confluence on your own servers: Confluence Server and Confluence Data Center. 

Data Center is built for enterprise organizations. It includes additional deployment options and admin features that can help you keep Confluence highly available and performing at scale.

Learn more about Confluence Data Center features and deployment options:

2. Assess your requirements

To get the most out of Data Center, you need to set it up in a cluster, tailored to your organization's needs.

We recommend assessing:

  • the number of users you have
  • the amount of data you have
  • your expected usage patterns
  • any specific requirements, such as high availability and disaster recovery
  • the resources your organization has allocated to maintain your Confluence site.

For more information about high availability, failover and disaster recovery for Confluence, head to Confluence Data Center disaster recovery.

Our sizing and performance benchmarks can help you assess your expected load, and predict performance:

3. Provision your infrastructure 

Once you've identified your organization's needs, you can design and build your environment. Read our Confluence Data Center Technical Overview for important hardware and infrastructure considerations.

To help you get started, we've provided a Confluence Data Center sample deployment and monitoring strategy.

We've also provided some general advice about node sizing and load balancers, to help you find your feet if this is your first clustered environment:

4. Plan your deployment

If you're new to Confluence, you can try out Confluence Data Center by downloading a free trial. This can help you identify dependencies and plan your path to production.

Migrating from Confluence Server to Confluence Data Center? Read through these guides to help minimize disruption during the switch:

It's also important to take an inventory of your third-party apps (also known as add-ons) to make sure they're compatible with Data Center. Using a large number of add-ons can degrade performance, so it's a good idea to remove any add-ons that aren't crucial to functionality.

Find out how to evaluate add-ons for Data Center migration.

5. Install and configure Confluence Data Center

Once your environment is ready, it's time to install and configure Confluence Data Center.

How you install depends on your environment:


If you're migrating from Confluence Server to Confluence Data Center, follow the instructions outlined in Moving to Confluence Data Center

Before deploying Confluence Data Center to production, we recommend thoroughly testing the installation. Head to our Data Center migration plan for detailed advice about testing and launching to production.

6. Maintain and scale Confluence Data Center

Once you've got Confluence Data Center deployed in production, here are some resources for monitoring the health of the cluster and scaling it up to accomodate more users:

Ready to grow? Read up on scaling and adding nodes to your new Confluence Data Center cluster:

Last modified on Oct 8, 2018

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