Web-Based Tools for Electronic Commerce

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CS160 Chapter 3: Web-based tools for Electronic Commerce 3-2
Chapter OutlineWeb Server Hardware and Performance Evaluation •
Making Host or Not Host Decisions

Web Platform Choices

Web Server Performance EvaluationWeb Server Software Feature sets •
Core Capabilities1. Security2. FTP3. Searching (Engines)4. Data Analysis •
Site Management1. Application Construction2. Dynamic Content •
Site Development

Electronic CommerceWeb Server Software and Tools

Apache HTTP Server

Microsoft Internet Information Server

Netscape Enterprise Server

O’Reilly’s WebSite Professional ServerOther Web Server Tools •
Web portals

Search Engines

Push Technologies

Intelligent Agents

 
Chapter 3: Web based tools for Electronic Commerce CS160 3-3
Web Server Hardware and Performance Evaluation 
The first and most critical consideration facing most firms expanding into e-commerce is whether to run the server in-house or contract with an outsideserver. The advantages to using an outside server are: •

Client firm does not have to provide expensive hardware/software •
Expertise and staffing problems can be avoided by client company •
Design problem can be minimized because server firm provides fundamentalpromotional features to sell productDisadvantages include possible limitations on availability and bandwidth whenmultiple customers are stacked on a single T1 line. Figure 3-1 on page 76compares the costs and services associated with web hosting.In making the server decision, “Scalability”, which is the potential for rapidexpansion of the e-commerce system, should be of paramount concern. Webserver performance measurements and evaluations including both hardware(computer) models, software such as the O/S involved, as well as benchmarks ofperformance will permit comparison shopping and more bang for the buck by theclient firm. Figure 3-3 on page 79 presents Mindcraft web server performancereports as an example of the capacity...
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