|Lesson 8||Networking considerations|
|Objective||Describe general networking considerations.|
|Network Decisions||Network design must reflect the anticipated user community for a particular e-commerce architecture or solution.
1. The number of users, 2. type of transactions, 3. how long visitors will stay connected are important considerations for network design.
For example most B2C e-commerce applications consume significantly more bandwidth than an Internet for a medium-size organization or extranet which consists of 3 closely-knit companies.
|Frequency of Access||The frequency of access also influences network design.
For example an Intranet will typically be used constantly throughout a business day, while the same network will receive little use during the weekend. In contrast, a B2C solution may have wild dips and peaks in usage through out the day , and may peak after business hours when home-based buying peaks.
|Localization||The amount of localization will affect network activity. For example, an e-Commerce B2C commodity product site localized for Japanese, Madarin and other widely used Asia/Pacific languages will not necessarily have a lull period during the late evening in the US.|
|Content||Consider your content before choosing your networking solutions. Sites that are media-rich typically consume more bandwith than text-oriented sites.|
|Standards||In software, standards are nice-to-have but do not always need to dictate architecture and design. In contrast, networking standards are well established. For e-Commerce in particular, networking implementations must stick to Internet standards (TCP/IP, HTTP, etc.), and should only bridge to proprietary private networks.|
|Quality||Although price is a consideration, network reliability and bandwidth can make or break an e-Commerce implementation. For this reason, it is recommended that you host your website through a reliable hosting company.|