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E-commerce Server Types and Specifications

Services such as GoDaddy do not provide enough bandwidth speed required for communicating between the SQL database and the website. Using a dedicated e-commerce server will give the best results.

Options for Hosting E-commerce

Virtual Machine — Created from the resources of an existing server. This additional server will house the e-commerce website. A firewall is required between the two servers because the e-commerce server will be exposed to the public domain. Virtual instance capability is included with Microsoft 2012 R2 and newer.

Physical Machine — A separate machine from your primary SQL server. It will be on the same network and will house the e-commerce website. A firewall is required between the two servers because the e-commerce server will be exposed to the public domain.

Cloud Hosted Server — The server will connect to the SQL server through a VPN and transfer the data via SQL replication. The cloud server will need a virtual machine that will house the e-commerce website.

  • Local Network ServerCloud ServerVM E-commerce — This allows only the VM e-commerce to be exposed to the public domain.
  • Gives you data redundancy in addition to the e-commerce hosting.
  • Requires the purchase of SQL Server Data Replication from INxSQL.

E-commerce Server Specifications

These specs are based on a server with the sole purpose of managing e-commerce and are intended as a baseline. Additional hardware may be required for high traffic sites.
Processors 4 Core 8M Cache
Memory 16GB
Hard Drive 2 x 150 GB 15K RPM, or SSD
Network Adapter Gigabit Server Adapter
Software Windows Server 2012 — SQL Server 2012 (If using replication) — IIS 7
Bandwidth 5.5 - 10.5 Mbps Upstream

*Server requirements vary depending on the needs of the business and its operations. We recommend the design have the ability to scale and resource monitoring implemented.

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