Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v2.1.1 High Availability Administration Guide

High Availability Java Message Service

The Java Message Service (JMS) API is a messaging standard that allows Java EE applications and components to create, send, receive, and read messages. It enables distributed communication that is loosely coupled, reliable, and asynchronous. The Sun Java System Message Queue (MQ), which implements JMS, is tightly integrated with Enterprise Server, enabling you to create components that rely on JMS, such as message-driven beans (MDBs).

JMS is made highly available through connection pooling and failover and MQ clustering. For more information, see Chapter 10, Java Message Service Load Balancing and Failover.

Connection Pooling and Failover

Enterprise Server supports JMS connection pooling and failover. The Enterprise Server pools JMS connections automatically. By default, Enterprise Server selects its primary MQ broker randomly from the specified host list. When failover occurs, MQ transparently transfers the load to another broker and maintains JMS semantics.

For more information about JMS connection pooling and failover, see Connection Pooling and Failover.

MQ Clustering

MQ Enterprise Edition supports multiple interconnected broker instances known as a broker cluster. With broker clusters, client connections are distributed across all the brokers in the cluster. Clustering provides horizontal scalability and improves availability.

For more information about MQ clustering, see Using MQ Clusters with Enterprise Server.