Sun Java System Reference Configuration Series: Portal Service on Application Server Cluster

Serviceability in the Deployment Architecture

The reference configuration architecture builds the portal service out of several subservices, such as the Access Manager service and directory service. Because each subservice is implemented in a separate module, it is possible to maintain each module independently.

In addition, the reference configuration architecture creates each subservice as a virtual service, which means that interoperability among the subservices is not dependent on specific hardware connections, and the individual subservices are maintained, upgraded, replaced, and scaled without affecting each other. For example, if it is necessary to add an Access Manager instance to the architecture, the Portal Server instances that depend on Access Manager do not need to be modified or affected in any way.