In this chapter, we discuss strategies and best practices for deploying WebLogic Server applications in a production environment. Our discussion focuses on three strategies:
Determining the clustering approach, planning the production site configuration, and choosing the number and types of server machines.
Utilizing local and global load balancers.
Securing your production environment and production WebLogic Server applications.
Designing, configuring, and running production systems represent complex topics, those far too broad for us to cover in a single chapter. Unfortunately, it is difficult to refer you to other sources because there just aren't that many books written on the topic. Given the limited space available here, we have chosen these three areas of focus because these are the topics that customers frequently ask us about. We hope that this information proves useful to you in making these types of decisions.
In Chapter 13, we discussed performance tuning and testing strategies. In this section, we examine a number of deployment strategies you can use to meet your requirement for a secure, around-the-clock accessible, high-performance, reliable system in the presence of unpredictable usage and changing market conditions. We focus primarily on two areas: selecting the number and size of machines for running the application server and designing your WebLogic ...