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Application Server & Web Servers

 
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I'm hoping this is the right category to post up this topic.
Currently, we are using Iplanet web server which has built in Java support (so we don't need an application server). We use JSP's, servlets, beans, etc. However, performance is slow and we've the web server crashes too often...
We are thinking about starting off from scratch. Building a new box, with the appropriate technologies.
If things we need to support are: JSP, servlets, java beans, xml, and perl, what set up do you recommend?
Which web server should we use?
Should we also buy application server software?
Does anyone here currently use iplanet web server w/o an application server and what do you think of it?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
 
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We are using IPlanet for the web server and weblogic for an app server. The IPlanet runs on one machine and we use the plug-in so it can communicate with weblogic. This seems to work well.
 
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hi Jim, We also want to use the same setup i.e. using IPlanet for the web server and weblogic for an app server such that the IPlanet runs on one machine and it can communicate with weblogic app server.you talked about one plug in to be used.which is that and where to get it from.could you also brief me something about it like how to configure the thing and what are the advantages of this kind of configuration?
 
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Is it usual to keep an application server and web server on separate machines? Are there advantages to doing it this way
versus keeping both an application server and web server on
ONE machine?
 
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Seems like a classic case of load balancing to me. That's the advantage. Sayings about keeping all your eggs in one basket spring to mind too. The disadvantage is that you need to maintain multiple machines rather than a single one.
By utilising multiple machines you can also provide some fault-tolerance by deploying in a cluster. But that's a slightly different topic in itself.
The general idea is that by using multiple machines in a server 'farm' (nothing to do with animals or crops) you can provide features such as load-balancing, fault tolerance etc, and encourage resilience by avoiding pitfalls such as single points of failure.
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