Here's a brief overview of the new Alfresco Transform Service that is being introduced as an option for Alfresco Content Services (ACS) 6.1. It also includes evolutionary changes to the ACS Content Repository.
The following overview is extracted from the documentation. Thanks Adelaide Nxumalo.
The Transform Service handles the essential transforms, such as Microsoft Office documents, images, and PDFs. These include PNG for thumbnails, PDF and JPEG for downloads and previews.
The following diagram shows a simple representation of theTransform Servicecomponents:
This shows an example implementation of how you can deploy into AWS, using a number of managed services:
Amazon EKS - Elastic Container Service for Kubernetes
Amazon MQ - Managed message broker service forApache ActiveMQ
Amazon EFS - Amazon Elastic File System
You can replace the AWS services (EKS, MQ, and EFS) with a self-managed Kubernetes cluster, ActiveMQ (configured with failover), and a shared file store, such as NFS.
The main components of theTransform Serviceare:
Content Repository (ACS): This is the repository where documents and other content resides. The repository produces and consumes events destined for the message broker (such as ActiveMQ or Amazon MQ). It also reads and writes documents to the shared file store.
ActiveMQ: This is the message broker (either a self-managed ActiveMQ instance or Amazon MQ), where the repository and the Transform Router send image transform requests and responses. These JSON-based messages are then passed to the Transform Router.
Transform Router: The Transform Router allows simple (single-step) and pipeline (multi-step) transforms that are passed to the Transform Engines. The Transform Router (and The Transform Engines) run as independently scalable Docker containers.
Transform Engines: The Transform Engines transform files sent by the repository. Here are some example transformation for each Transform Engine (this is not an exhaustive list):
LibreOffice (e.g. docx to pdf)
ImageMagick (e.g. resize)
Alfresco PDF Renderer (e.g. pdf to png)
Tika (e.g. docx to plain text)
Shared File Store: This is used as temporary storage for the original source file (stored by the repository), intermediate files (or multi-step transforms), and the final transformed target file. The target file is retrieved by the repository after it's been processed by one or more of the Transform Engines.
For more details, please refer to the Transform Service documentation: