Organizations use Microsoft Application Center 2000 to deploy and manage applications. An Application Center 2000 application is a group of components that together make up a complete, distributed business solution. These components can include Web sites, COM+ components, and configuration settings. Using Application Center 2000, administrators can group components into an application and then deploy and administer that application. Doing so provides the following benefits:
Application Center 2000 is also compatible with other load balancing devices and does not require a shared disk or special hardware. An Application Center 2000 cluster can serve intranet or Internet clients running thin-client software, such as Web browsers, or thick-client applications such as Microsoft Visual Basic programs.
Application Center 2000 clusters are not the same as clusters created with Microsoft Windows Clustering. The Windows Clustering model is designed to handle back-end applications, such as Microsoft SQL Server 2000 databases or Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server stores; Windows Clustering uses a shared disk resource to coordinate between cluster members.
Administrators can construct logical views of the applications and components deployed throughout a cluster and then manage them from a single location. Application Center 2000 can also provide cluster-wide views of performance trends, simplifying event management. Once an administrator defines an application, Application Center 2000 can keep the contents of that application synchronized across a cluster.
The following illustration highlights the load balancing, management, and software scaling capabilities of Application Center 2000.
Application Center 2000