Copyright

E-Commerce Infrastructure: Planning & Management

An error occurred trying to load this video.

Try refreshing the page, or contact customer support.

Coming up next: Transaction Processing Systems (TPS): Batch and Real-Time Systems

You're on a roll. Keep up the good work!

Take Quiz Watch Next Lesson
 Replay
Your next lesson will play in 10 seconds
  • 0:04 What Is E-Commerce?
  • 1:08 E-Commerce Infrastructure
  • 3:01 Planning and Management
  • 3:51 Lesson Summary
Add to Add to Add to

Want to watch this again later?

Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course.

Log in or Sign up

Timeline
Autoplay
Autoplay
Speed

Recommended Lessons and Courses for You

Lesson Transcript
Instructor: David Gloag
In this lesson, we'll take a look at e-commerce, what it is, some of the hardware and software needed to implement it, along with the planning and management that goes along with it.

What Is E-Commerce?

We do a lot of things electronically these days. Just look around you. We communicate through our computers using our favorite email client, we talk and text with friends and family through our cell phones, and we even receive news and information through our favorite television and radio stations. We do these things daily, and all of it is fast, painless, and electronically-based. It will make sense then that we can also purchase things in this fashion. Companies like Amazon and eBay have developed significant businesses around it. We're talking, of course, about e-commerce.

Electronic commerce, or e-commerce as it's more commonly known, is the buying and selling of goods or services over a computer network. These days this means over the Internet, because it connects billions of people all over the world. In this type of structure, all of the viewing, selling, negotiation, and payment of the traditional shopping experience is handled electronically. Companies like Amazon and eBay (and even VISA and Master Card) have created significant businesses around this type of structure. And it gets bigger ever day as more businesses add an online presence to their offerings.

E-Commerce Infrastructure

E-commerce infrastructure is computer-based. As a result, like most computer systems, e-commerce infrastructure has both hardware and software components to it.

Hardware

From a hardware perspective, the infrastructure involves a number of items. Some of these include:

  • Servers - These are computers that handle the processing requirements for the infrastructure
  • Proxy servers - This is a server that acts as an intermediary between the outside world and the resources of the e-commerce infrastructure
  • Load balancers - These devices split the work to be done so that it's evenly distributed among the e-commerce infrastructure
  • Firewalls - These are protection devices that restrict what a user can do with the e-commerce infrastructure
  • Encryption devices - These devices translate information into non-human readable forms and protect it from prying eyes
  • Interactive voice response units - This is the computer-generated voice you hear when you use voicemail, or when you call a company's automated support center

Software

From a software perspective, some of the infrastructure includes:

To unlock this lesson you must be a Study.com Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use Study.com

Become a Study.com member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about Study.com
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account
Support