Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server 2.1 Deployment Planning Guide

Identifying Failure Classes

The level of redundancy is determined by the failure classes (types of failure) that the system needs to tolerate. Some examples of failure classes are:

Duplicated system processes tolerate single system process failures, as well as single machine failures. Attaching the duplicated mirrored (paired) machines to different power supplies tolerates single power failures. By keeping the mirrored machines in separate buildings, a single-building fire can be tolerated. By keeping them in separate geographical locations, natural catastrophes like earthquakes can be tolerated.