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This paper introduces an architecture for deploying software (components, services, etc) on distributed, large-scale computing infrastructures, like e.g. computing grids. Deployment encompasses many actions like the discovery of resources and enquiry about their current state, selection among the different versions of the software according to these states, robust, scalable and rapid software provisioning, installation and start-up, and eventually software installation monitoring, updating and unprovisioning. Our solution addresses all those steps through an integrated and scalable approach implemented using the standard Java JMX and the ProActive Grid technologies, which we illustrate in the context of OSGi gateways.