· The platform components were currently installed on one server. Their distribution to multiple machines (virtual or otherwise) and preparation for clustering was one of the first of several of my planned incremental improvements to the platform to make it production-ready. Below is a diagram describing the components as they existed after I first migrated them to their first-stage environment of only three machines.

· The platform is a fairly large suite of applications, components, web applications and servers. Though automated deployment was certainly a goal in the future, it was currently a manual process - moreso because the final configuration was still a moving target as I evolved the project. In the meantime, therefore, installation was a detailed lengthy process, and I carefully documented it. This table of contents gives a glimpse into the complexity: