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Opinions on any open source eCommerce solutions

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I am interested in a highly scalable eCommerce solution that can handle many stores and millions of products. Our plans our to have a software development department. Does anyone have any thoughts or experience to share about any of the open source alternatives such as SmartStore, Magelia, nopCommerce, VirtoCommerce or any other?

Also our technical staff is a Microsoft.Net development team

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Ashok Misra, CISSP
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@Rick, Ecommerce solutions are a huge industry with multiple providers & solutions. Each have their own strengths & weaknesses for specific verticals and business models. Thus I do think it will be more productive to start with a conversation about your use case, requirements and volume.
I do this for a living ( advise my clients on ecommerce roadmaps, vendor selection & operations ) & glad to chat with you. My contact details are in my footer, I hope they do not get auto scrubbed.


Lalit Sarna
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Lalit Sarna Entrepreneur • Advisor
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Do not know of any opensource .net solutions that have wide scale adoption or a vibrant developer community. But then again I prefer Python, Ruby and PHP so my exposure to world of .net may be limited.

If you want to venture into the world of PHP then Magento is a good bet.

Much like any opensource solution, Magento has its drawbacks. However it's relatively mature, can handle multiple stores, is scalable and has a huge development community.

I found the following magento stack to be highly performant. In my load testing environment it scales to millions of products and can manage heavy usage loads. It's an excellent place to start with minimal development overhead, and you should be able to find plenty of information on the net.


Varnish for front end cache
Redis for session cache
Redis for all internal caching.
Xtradb backend
SSD hard drives, 2 quad core web servers 8GB ram , 2 quad core DB servers with 64GB Ram



Diego Vasquez
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Diego Vasquez Entrepreneur
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I work w/Magento & advising clients on their digital strategy & implementation. One of my clients chose Magento over nopCommerce because it is more mature platform & it has a nice ecosystem of developers/agencies/vendors. Leveraging the ecosystem, we assembled a team of remote resources to perform some work, install/develop modules and conduct routine updates. Magento also scales well given the proper infrastructure and even has an Enterprise version w/improved performance for high traffic sites. Needless to say, you'd need a good source control system, issue/ticket management (JIRA) & technical project manager. Happy to discuss further if you have more questions.

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Steve Karmeinsky
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Steve Karmeinsky Entrepreneur • Advisor
CoFounder City Meets Tech / Lean Capital Ltd / Placeholder Ltd
A UK company Elastera.com offer Magento as a service for high volume Ecommerce sites, they know how to scale Magento well

Can do a direct into if interested
Ron Peled
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Ron Peled Advisor
Tech cofounder & CTO @ Educents
Why not Magento?
Jack Greene
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Jack Greene Advisor
Owner at PubGearUSA
I use Bigcommerce. They have a lot of great built-in features. In terms of the scale you're looking for, you would need to talk to them. I have been using them with my online store for the past year and have, for the most part, been very pleased. Hope this is helpfulJackJack GreeneOwner, PubGearUSAwww.pubgearusa.comjgreene391@yahoo.comOffice - 978 356-7264Cell - 978 380-8835
Larry Ferrere
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Mr. Beery: Most eCommerce solutions should be able to meet your "functional" needs -- highly scaleable and able to handle multiple stores and millions of products. I would just make sure that they can provide multiple live reference accounts that you can speak to and see their solution that have the same or greater number of SKU/Store combinations to ensure performance and ability. Biggest functional distinction will be if your eCommerce solution definition include supply chain forecasting, planning and replenishment or simply order capture, inventory management, and fulfillment. Based too on your question about "open source" alternatives, can I assume too that you are interested in a "cloud-based SaaS solution" -- so you do not have the cost of server hardware, DB and operating systems, related infrastructure, and the up front and ongoing maintenance and upgrade costs? That said, please clarify way you would need a "software development department"? The biggest differentiator and easily vetted short list of vendors is whether the vendor's solution is "fully" open source (and or where there are any licensed software components needed) AND whether the vendor's solution is deployed/operates on-premise (your site and hardware etc), private-instance "hosted", or a "true-cloud" (multi-tenant and multi-location) SaaS (Software as a Service, monthly subscription) solution. If they offer more than one of these three different deployment models, ensure that it is the very same code-based for all deployment options (vs different solutions depending on the deployment model) and you have the ability to move between deployment options downstream if you wish AND the like-references given (your Store/SKU combination) use the same deployment method (proof point) you are considering. I am happy to engage and assist you further if/where needed. Larry Ferrere | Managing Director *InterimONE* Strategy Advisor [removed to protect privacy] +[removed to protect privacy]
John Arroyo
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John Arroyo Entrepreneur • Advisor
Delivering ecommerce and cloud applications, CEO of Arroyo Labs
I've successfully integrated Magento with many enterprise clients. It's very flexible and has an active developer community. You can make it do some impressive things with the right dev team. You could take a peek at Spree and Sellvana as well.https://spreecommerce.com/ https://www.sellvana.com

If you are literally adding millions of SKUs a year you will have to go very custom and/or jump up to something like ATG. I imagine you aren't launching with 1M+ SKUs but hope to grow to that.
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@John: FYI the hope is that we will be adding millions of SKUs per year. We expect high traffic and big data in a few years.

@Larry: The plans are to host in the cloud
Liam Carolan
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Liam Carolan Advisor
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Opinions on any open source eCommerce solitionsHi Rick. I saw your post and can offer some real-world advice. That's what you need right now. Today it's realized by many but has always been about data. Omni-Channel e-commerce is not an easy feat. You're displaying information consistently everywhere, and in order to engage customers with the right content, the RDMS framework is not going to take you where you want to go. You're going to need robust and flexible data management capability that's solid, but still ahead of you and complimentary to your vision when you want to be creative. The dynamic schema is a good place to start. I recommend you check out MongoDB. Plant your resources there for a while and see if it makes sense for you, your team and your strategy. This is where online engagement is going and you need to be where the "puck" is going, not where it "was". (Wayne Gretzky) and that puck is moving fast! Welcome to the new-world of moving products with self-service models that "know" your customer when they get there. Responsive design, custom profiling and social footprints woven into web services that blaze with speed, are highly scalable and will serve the dynamic environment you are soon to be immersed in. In a few simple words.... don't bring a knife to a gun fight. You need every competitive advantage possible. Check out MongoDB and let me know what your impressions are. I'd love to know. -Liam
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