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I have 300 webapps in a single Tomcat. It takes a while to restart Tomcat plus a few other limitations. I have Two web servers load balanced in current Apache + Mod_JK + Tomcat setup.

These servers has enough memory/ ready to add extra memory to the servers.

Is it a good solution to launch a second Tomcat instance and divide these webapps between these two Tomcat instances?

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Yes, this is a good idea. There are other benefits such:

  • allocating specific resources to each instance
  • preventing bad code from impacting all apps
  • reduced maintenance impacts from app code changes
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