The performance characteristics vary greatly between commerce applications. The following table provides general guidelines for virtualized server configurations within a Broadleaf Commerce architecture.

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Sample Server Configurations

Server Type Per VM Configuration Notes
Web Server Apache documentation should be consulted for proper web layer sizing and tuning.
RAM: 2 Gigs, Disk: 10 Gigs, CPU: 1 Core
The biggest driver for sizing Apache in a BLC application is the number of concurrent users or API requests. Most sites (even quite large) will be able to run with 2 Apache nodes.
Application Server The number of application servers required can vary greatly based on how the framework is used. Sites that are able to optimize caching and have a low amount of external integration points could handle 1,000 orders per hour on a single JVM. Request the Broadleaf Commerce Scalability White Paper for example performance numbers.
RAM: 4 Gigs (2 for the JVM), Disk: 10 Gigs, CPU: 2 Cores
Database Server For larger sites, the database will benefit the most from having additional memory and CPU power. Consult your DB documentation for information on tuning and sizing. A typical DB configuration is shown below. Request the Broadleaf Commerce Scalability White Paper for more information on results from our lab.
RAM: 8 Gigs, Disk: 100 Gigs (highly dependent on order volume and catalog size), CPU: 4 Cores