For many organizations, the e-commerce submodule facilitates interaction between the company and the outside world, and it is often the only way customers see the company’s products and services. In this regard, companies must be able to provide applications and Web services quickly, securely, and with high availability to potential customers. For some companies, downtime in the e-commerce submodule can cost millions of dollars, maybe on an hourly basis. Network designers should think about high availability techniques that can be used in the e-commerce design and they should take the following five components into consideration:
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