SWIFT Module 7.1 SP10.July 2020 | Package Services | Administering webMethods Module for SWIFT in a Cluster | What Is webMethods Integration Server Clustering?
What Is webMethods Integration Server Clustering?
Clustering is an advanced feature of the webMethods product suite that substantially extends the reliability, availability, and scalability of webMethods Integration Server.
Clustering accomplishes this by providing the infrastructure and tools to deploy multiple Integration Servers as if they were a single virtual server and to deliver applications that leverage that architecture.
With clustering, you get the following benefits:
*Scalability: Without clustering, only vertical scalability is possible. That is, increased capacity requirements can only be met by deploying on larger, more powerful machines, typically housing multiple CPUs. Clustering provides horizontal scalability, which allows virtually limitless expansion of capacity by simply adding more machines of the same or similar capacity.
*Availability: Without clustering - even with expensive Fault-Tolerant systems - a failure of the system (hardware, java runtime, or software) may result in unacceptable downtime. Clustering provides virtually uninterrupted availability by deploying applications on multiple Integration Servers; in the worst case, a server failure produces degraded but not disrupted service.
*Reliability: Unlike a server farm (an independent set of servers), clustering provides the reliability required for mission-critical applications. Distributed applications must address network, hardware, and software errors that might produce duplicate (or failed) transactions. Clustering makes it possible to deliver “exactly once” execution as well as checkpoint/restart functionality for critical operations.
For details on Integration Server clustering, see webMethods Integration Server Clustering Guide.