Sun Java System Application Server Enterprise Edition 8.1 2005Q2 High Availability Administration Guide

Using Multiple Stand-Alone Instances

It is also possible to configure your load balancer to use multiple stand-alone instances, and load balance and fail-over requests between them. However, in this configuration, you must manually ensure that the stand-alone instances have homogenous environments and the same applications deployed to them. Because clusters automatically maintain a homogenous environment, for most situations it is better and easier to use clusters.