Jira/Confluence set up on one or different servers?


I think about how to set up a new JIRA and Confluence instances, which need to interact (at least user directory). However, what is the best way or practice:

A) Jira on a single server, Confluence on another, both https
B) Jira on a single server, Confluence on another, jira https / confluence http (or vv)
C) Jira and Confluence on a single server, both https
D) Jira and Confluence on a single server, both http

"The world" should has access to both, so I would prefer way A. However, I don't really sure about if necessary.

Do you have any hints for me?
Thank you.


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@Jens Knobloch -

If it's production and exposed to the internet I'd go with option A if you have the hardware readily available. If not, then option C would be my choice (and what we do here at CCC, mostly).

Cons for same server

  • every upgrade will introduce the possibility of outage on the product not being upgraded
  • Server has hardware problem both apps are down
  • can be more difficult to trace performance problems with multiple servers on board
  • I always front my atlassian software with Apache supplying the SSL security so with apache 2.4.2 and named virtual hosts combined with SSL you have to give each software app a different IP address - which while you can do this and have it work on a single system it's a real pita

Pros for same server

  • if something goes wrong with either app you know what server to go investigate
  • you only need to have staging server to practice your upgrades on
  • there's other bonuses but for a production environment separate VM's is the way to go even though that means you'll be duplicating software (apache, tomcat at least, postgresql if you're going to use the right database)

this answer feels incomplete to me .... probably because it's shorter than my preferred 30 page length (tongue in cheek). but hey, let me know how it reads.


Hi William,

thank you for your answer.

Based on my gut feelings I'd prefer solution A. Both will run on a VM, so it is easily to set up. (I hope)

More important than the infrastructure is to have an optimally secured installation.

Best regards,

jens kn


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