The RAS functions in two different environments—either as a standalone report processing and modification server or as a service of the Crystal Enterprise framework.
Crystal Enterprise provides a framework for delivering enterprise reporting. RAS adds the capability for users to modify reports stored in Crystal Enterprise. In this scenario, the Crystal Enterprise framework manages the RAS. Multiple instances of the RAS can be added and Crystal Enterprise will load balance between them.
→ For additional information on the Crystal Enterprise Framework, see “The Server Tier: Introduction to the Crystal Enterprise Framework,” p. 510