Does it make sense to install Confluence on MS Windows platform, JIRA -Service Desk on Linux platform and POSTGRESQL on a third machine? Hardware: way above Atlassian specs. Thanks
I think Linux would be a safer choice, for Confluence, JSD, and PostgreSQL. Active Directory integration and MS Office document handling are all handled at the application level. I cannot think of a benefit to use Windows for Confluence alone. Which does not mean it cannot be done, but you might also find yourself alone if an integration issue comes up; e.g. it is not a common configuration, even if strictly speaking 'supported'.
We have Confluence running on Windows and Linux. And Windows has no performance gain shown so far.
Depending on your infrastructure you might run into problems, when disks fill up. In case you go for Linux, make sure you use a filesystem which you can expand on the fly. (LVM + XFS or ext4).
Or use a SAN.
Reasons for Confluence on Windows: we plan to use Confluence for its Knowledge Base/Management capabilities. The RAW data would be docs, pdfs, ppt, video clips and UNCs from our Windows Domain.
Reason for JIRA on Linux: minute 13 of http://www.adaptavist.com/w/atlassian-performance-tuning/ It seems that JIRA on Linux is a must.
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