5 Replies Latest reply on Jul 20, 2002 10:06 AM by Joao Clemente


    Joao Clemente Newbie

      As each instance of JBoss is a full-integrated Web/servlet/EJB app server, does someone thinks that it's wise to have multi-tiered topologies?

      What I mean is if we should have n machines, where each and every machine runs web/servlet/ejb servers and apps,

      is there a benefit to separate a web layer , or to separate the ejb layer...

      Basically, what I'm trying to find out is if JBoss+Jetty is the ultimate solution or there may be the need for other topologies...

      One thing that I remind constantly is how can you secure your machines if you use a single layer? Tipically you put a firewall between the web and app server for extra security, and if you get the JbossJetty then you don't have a place to put that firewall...

      How faster is this integrated solution vs the old apache+JbossTomcat?

      Anyone has comments? I would appreciate.

        • 1. Re: Topologies...
          Greg Wilkins Newbie

          I'm afraid that there is no silver bullet. There is
          not one topology that fits all. The combined topology is
          just the simplest and a good starting place. It is also
          the most efficient for coms between webapp and EJBs.

          But the best topology for your app is going to depend on
          lots of factors including:

          + Size/complexity of webapp
          + Size/complexity of EJBs/Database
          + Size/complexity of communications between webapp & EJBs
          + Load balancing and high availability requirements.

          If you have a simple webapp, but complex high load backend, you may want a single webcontainer machien with many backend EJBs.

          If you have a complex webapp, but a trivial backend, you may want many web containers but only one or two backend servers.

          As for security - there a webapp+backend machine should be able to be made just as secure as a separate webapp machine running in a DMZ. The reason for having a DMZ is not so much to enable security, but to make the process
          of auditing security easier. In a complex network environment it is sometimes simpler to put the web container on the other side of a fire wall.

          However, that is not the only approach to security, as
          putting the firewall in front of a combined web container
          backend server is a good solution: SO LONG as you are
          very confident there are no remote exploits that can come
          via port 80 or port 443. For web servers written in C,
          this is a hard thing to ensure! But for web servers written is java, I have yet to hear of a remote exploit that will allow arbitrary code to be run via port 80.

          Finally - as for the "how fast" question, the answer is
          "that depends". Apache is fast at somethings and Jetty/JBoss are fast at others. It is all going to depend on how much dynamic content you have, how complex the webapp to EJB coms are etc.etc. Unfortunately you have little choice but to benchmark the alternatives for your particular style of application and the type of load you expect.

          • 2. Re: Topologies...
            marc fleury Master


            bla bla bla bla...

            clear cut answer in most cases. Tier together is fast as you can leverage the cache to serve your pages.

            If you can collocate.

            If you can't (some data can't be collocated since it locks) then you don't have an advantage in collocation.

            Hey, <plug-in> come to the training, we cover these in details, I mean the type of data that lends itself, this taxonomy is an art not a science today at least.

            • 3. Re: Topologies...
              Joao Clemente Newbie

              Ok, let me ask a simpler question:

              Can 1 have a 2 machine cluster in a local network
              (say, Node1( and Node2(
              and add a load balancer at my network access point
              (say I've got a dns name "my.cluster" that points somewhere to a machine that acesses Node1 and Node2),

              and simply get my.cluster to load balance to my Node1 and Node2 machines? Is this what can be called the "basic cluster setup" for JBoss?

              Or is there a way that we can omit the loadbalancer machine? What is the simplest cluster that one can setup with JBoss?

              Thank you

              • 4. Re: Topologies...
                Sacha Labourey Master


                For http, you need a load-balancer (hard or soft).

                For RMI-client, you don't need anything.

                Take a look at the doc.



                • 5. Re: Topologies...
                  Joao Clemente Newbie

                  I did! That's why I asked about the http/servlet layers. The docs cover mainly the ejb clustering...

                  I will try a soft load balancer that I found a couple of days ago while browsing in freshmeat...

                  Thank you!