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Chapter 1. STEP 1: Installation and Setup > The Professional Edition

The Professional Edition

The Professional edition is almost exactly the same as the Personal edition. This edition includes additional user connections and an increased bandwidth capacity. Advanced security features, the ability to scale the server with multiple hosts, and an included one-year update subscription are also notable features of this edition. This edition should be considered if you have a high-volume service or if you want to host multiple secure applications. A good example would be a company that offers public Flash Communication Server hosting. The Professional edition can group applications using a method of virtual hosting.

This edition starts with 500 concurrent connections (versus the 10 connections offered in the Personal version) with a maximum bandwidth of 100 megabits per second. If you require additional connections and bandwidth, Macromedia offers upgrades through Capacity Packs. Although there are no formal statistics published by Macromedia, there have been unofficial declarations that this version supports 1000+ simultaneous users of multiple connection speeds. Capacity Packs can be purchased to increase the number of users and the bandwidth capabilities. Each Capacity Pack increases concurrent users by 500 and bandwidth support an additional 10 megabits per pack. Pricing for the Professional edition is comparable to enterprise-level applications.


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