our customer (with a previously Service Provider) has implemented a global solution using a centralized SLD (one for the development and one for the production)
Since from 7.1 the SMD no longer exist (repliced by Deploy Controller), the choice at the moment was to install a PI7.1 and deploy the SLD in 7.1
The PI functionality is not used (and not planned), due the fact that a new Process Orchestration (PO) project (and licence cost) is in the implementation phase.
I've just take a look into this SDN article (wolf.hengevoss)
where is clearly explained the possible scenario for the SLD 7.1 installation
a) Installing the SLD together with another application based on NW7.1 (eg. PI, ACC, CE...)
b) Installing the SLD to a dedicate host with CE7.1 EHP1
So, I would aks you two questions:
1) In you opinion, install and configure a PI 7.1 just to use it for the SLD 7.1 was (at the time) a good practice (costs/benefits)?
2) What about the PI licence cost? The customer is paying a PI License (expensive) just to use the SLD centralized?
And in addition:
Since our SOLMAN will be in end of maintenance at the end of 2013 (7.0 EHP1), you will be confident to suggest the implementation of a new SLD on the SOLMAN 7.1?