Antipattern4.3 Cascading Failures

The standard system architecture for enterprise systems, including websites and web services, comprises a collection of functionally distinct farms or clusters that are interconnected through some form of load balancing. We usually refer to the individual farms as layers—for example, as in Figure 8, ​Layers Often Found in Commerce Systems​—even though they might not really be a single stack.

Figure 8. Layers Often Found in Commerce Systems

In a service-oriented architecture, these look even less like traditional layers ...

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