Meaning – The term merchant server, refers to a web server that offers cataloged shopping mesh network A network in which there are at least two nodes with two or more paths between them.
The term may refer to the entire computer system or just the software that provides this service. A merchant server implements an electronic commerce protocol that ensures a secure transmission between the clients and cooperating banks. It may also include the online storefront and shopping cart infrastructure.
The technology at the heart of Merchant Server originated at a company named eShop Inc., which Microsoft acquired in June 1996. It was primarily built using Python, with additional C++ code to plug into IIS and to run the primary server code as an NT Service.
Example of usage – “Microsoft chose the name “Merchant Server” because, at that time, Netscape was shipping a product named Commerce Server. To avoid trademark issues, Microsoft needed a different name.”