Technical Specifications

Xpect's system architecture is based on industry standard tools and Microsoft™ components.

The architecture has been chosen to provide a robust, reliable, secure, flexible and scalable platform. If you would like more technical information on Xpect please contact us with specific requests. Of course we're equally open to requests for less technical explanations, too.

Minimum Workstation Requirements

Xpect requires a standard Windows-based personal computer or laptop with the following minimum requirements:

  • Intel Pentium Dual-Core 2GHZ
  • 16 million colour video card
  • Screen resolution: 1280 x 1024 (wide screen recommended)
  • 4GB RAM
  • 500 MB free disk space
  • Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 operating system

Networking & Security


Stores may be connected over the Internet using broadband. Virtual Private Networking (VPN) software can be utilised for data security although a hardware based router, firewall, VPN solution is recommended.


An installed Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificate allows the website to encrypt personally identifiable customer information (PII) including credit card details for online payments.

A secure e-Payment Gateway handles the process of accepting or denying payment from credit cards (AMEX, Diners, Master Card, Visa) in real time.

Server Requirements

Xpect can be installed on any standard PC-compatible server running:

  • Microsoft 2008 Server (or higher)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (or higher)

Minimum Server Requirement: Intel I3 2GHz processor and 4GB RAM

Disk space requirements depend on the number of records. Xpect can be run on one or two server configurations. We recommend two servers are used (web and database server) for greater security.

For the database, server SQL performance is greatly improved by using dual/quad core/xeon processors and 16GB of RAM dedicated to SQL.

System Architecture

Microsoft's SQL Server provides a high performance relational database. Xpect is tightly integrated with SQL Server to capitalise on the powerful functionality this software provides. Microsoft's SQL Server together with standard Microsoft components provides the central mechanism for handling all incoming and outgoing e-mail, faxes and SMS.

The website retrieves and displays dynamic content from the SQL database in real time. Update the price of a stock item once and it is instantly reflected across all your branches and your website.

  • Xpect client software operates on industry standard hardware running Windows 7, 8 or 10.
  • Xpect server software operates on industry standard hardware running Windows Server (2008, 2012 or 2016).


If you don’t want the cost and hassle of maintaining, securing and backing up your own server hardware, we offer a cloud based hosting solution for both your back end database and your web site.

We handle maintenance, patches, backups, and security. You simply access the server application over a secure internet connection.