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Deployment Architecture: Multiple Repositories

Question asked by tolu on May 25, 2009
Latest reply on Jun 11, 2009 by tolu
Hi folks

I'm looking at the deployment of Alfresco 3 Enterprise in a large public sector organisations.

We have various business units that need to manager their documents and due to legislative requirements need to tightly manage access control. The question now is: Should we go with one huge repository and manage access through roles/permissions (eg ACLs) or would it be useful to have separate Alfresco installations/repositories.

The business units are ferociously guarding their docs and what can't happen is that a document from unit A happens to appear as search result for unit B.

There is obviously a tradeoff here and we don't want to end up with a proliferation of documents and the resulting maintenance nightmare. Now the question really is:
* Are there any good reasons to go for separate repositories or is this an idea of a screwed mind in the first place?
* Are there any experiences/best practices/guidelines that can be applied?

Any thoughts appreciated.