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Chapter 16. Hosting a Web Site > Taking Advantage of an Intranet

Taking Advantage of an Intranet

Because a network administrator’s sphere of influence will vary from company to company, you might find that your company’s Web site is either managed by a Webmaster or taken care of by a company that provides Web design and Web hosting. This doesn’t mean you can’t use Web technology to enhance your internal network, however. Any TCP/IP network can take advantage of Web technology and other Internet-based services. Using Internet technologies on a private network means you are building an intranet. You can have Web sites on an intranet just like you find on the Web, but they are private.

Web sites in an intranet setting can actually be used for a number of different purposes. You can build Web sites that allow users to easily access data on a database running on an application server. Because just about everyone knows how to use a Web browser, the need for training users to use the front end for the database server is almost nonexistent. Web sites can also be used for exchanging files between users, and Web sites designed for specific company projects can be used for discussions between the various participants in a project.


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