ARA and AE are installed on one windows server. Both of their databases are on separate SQL servers. Tomcat is installed on its own Windows server.
When you click on the Release Automation perspective, it does not load any content. Instead, 3 vertical progress bars flash in the middle.
Ensure the cookies are enabled in Internet Explorer: click the Tools icon (gear icon) > Internet options > Privacy > Settings > Accept all cookies (or white-list the ARA host name).