It can be useful to operate Application Center on a single server, without the context of a multi-member cluster. Application Center treats a single-node cluster, or stand-alone server, as a cluster of one member. Typically, the most common single-node cluster is a stager. A stager is a server where content is placed on a "stage." On this stager, you can experiment with and fully test the quality and functionality of content from development and test environments before deploying the content to production environments.
In addition to stagers, other single-node clusters can benefit from Application Center without operating in a clustered environment. These servers can use Application Center for such tasks as:
Deploying applications to or from other members or clusters.
Viewing health and status alongside other clusters.
Viewing performance data and event logs alongside other clusters.
For more information about creating stagers, see Create a Stager.
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