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Large-scale stores aren't finished with a server, OS, and database choice—there are more architectural issues to consider. Other aspects are the basic hardware choices that will run the system and the load- balancing and other equipment that supports the site. When making your hardware choice, defer to your site hosting provider and maintenance staff. You should also consider products that can speed site responsiveness. When it comes to PC-oriented hardware, look for higher-end systems that contain Intel Xeon processors. Xeon's built-in expanded cache has been shown to dramatically speed site responsiveness, especially sites based on ASP architecture (such as Site Server), and it is shown to dramatically speed database information retrieval.

Another key hardware feature are top-end servers that provide additional monitoring functions in their design. These features can help engineers monitoring your site identify machines with hardware problems that are slowing down your site's responsiveness or ability to function properly. If you are going to buy top-of-the-line hardware, look for products that let your site operators monitor hardware issues such as machine temperature, hard-drive speeds, and more to ensure hardware operates at peak performance.


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