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ALSO CALLED: Peripheral Component Interconnect, Interconnections (of Electronic Components), PCI Buses, PCI
DEFINITION: A server accelerator card (also known as an SSL card) is aPeripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) card used to generate encryption keysfor secure transactions on e-commerce Web sites. When a secure transaction isinitiated, the Web site's server sends its certificate, which has been provided by acertifying authority, to the client machine to verify the Web site's authenticity. After this exchange, a  … 
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PCI BUS DEFINITION (continued): …  secret key is used to encrypt all data transferred between sender and receiver so that all personal and credit card information is protected. This process can severely overload a server resulting in fewer transactions processed per second, which means fewer sales. The server accelerator card takes over this process, thus reducing the load on the server. Server accelerator cards support a number of security protocols including Secure Sockets Layer(SSL) and Secure Electronic Transaction (SET).The server accelerator card is installed into the PCI slotof the server. A software driver is loaded, and … 
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