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Chapter 26. Working with Web Pages > Understanding Intranets

Understanding Intranets

The purpose of a network, whether a Local Area Network (LAN) in a single facility or a Wide Area Network (WAN) linking several facilities, is to enable the people who use it to share information and resources. Most of us who have worked in an office environment are familiar with the benefits, as well as the limitations, of these types of networks.

Networking technology has made it possible to share files and resources, including software, more easily. Dedicated file servers have become an extension of your own system, providing disk storage space where you can upload and download files that you need to share with others. In some cases, where keeping information up-to-date is critical, you may work directly with files on the server. You can even run software directly from the network server, so that, in some cases, users can legitimately share licensed copies of software that they do not need to use all the time.


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