This figure shows test and production environments, each containing a middle-tier instance, connected to an Identity Management with a Metadata Repository.

It shows the flow of tasks to moving an application to a production environment. The test Identity Management bears the number 1, and the test middle-tier instances bears the number 2, both representing the creation of those entities. An arrow with a label of LDAP Replication points from the production Identity Management to the test Identity Management, showing that replication takes place from the production Oracle Internet Directory to the test Oracle Internet Directory. The test middle-tier instance and the production middle-tier instance are connected by an arrow, bearing the number 3 and a label of Clone or Install Middle Tier, to represent the creation of the production middle-tier instance.