Commerce Server Architecture

Microsoft Commerce Server 2000 provides a rich and extensible foundation for building sophisticated e-commerce applications that integrate with your existing back-end systems. Because the architecture is based on the Component Object Model (COM), it is easy to extend the platform by choosing from the large number of integrated third-party solutions available, or by having your site developers customize Commerce Server tools to meet your business needs. In either case, Commerce Server has been designed for building tailored, scalable e-commerce solutions that optimize the user experience and provide business managers with real-time analytics and control of their online businesses. Additionally, Commerce Server takes full advantage of Microsoft Windows 2000, including support for the Microsoft Active Directory service, and is optimized for use with other .NET Enterprise Servers.

This section provides a summary of the major components of the Commerce Server architecture.

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