Using Locators

A SQLFire locator is a process that tells new, connecting peers and thin clients how to connect to peers that are already running. Locators also load balance thin client connections to available SQLFire members in a client-server deployment.

In general, run a locator as its own process (standalone), rather than running a locator process alongside the full SQLFire engine (on a peer client or a data store). Running standalone locators provides the highest reliability and availability for the locator service as a whole. Standalone locators are also required for systems that enable network partitioning management.