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9.2. Intranets

An Intranet is a TCP/IP network within an organization. Intranet planners have the luxury of having much more control over the network and client software than is possible on the Internet. This control makes it possible to guarantee a better quality of service and to use available bandwidth more efficiently, so that time-critical applications like streaming audio or video run smoothly.

9.2.1. Partitioning

You can't randomly expand an intranet forever without overloading some parts. You will start to need a hierarchy in your network. The general rule is to keep the machines that frequently talk to one another close together in the network, preferably on the same IP subnet, where communications will be fastest. See Chapter 12, Performance Analysis and Tuning, in Managing NFS and NIS by Hal Stern (O'Reilly & Associates) for more details on partitioning networks.


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