LINKING YOUR COMPUTERS, POOLING YOUR RESOURCES
So what does 'networking' mean? It's one of those buzz words that scares people off but it's really very simple. It means linking computers together so that the user of any one of them can access the information on any of the others.
It's the way the Internet works. The Internet is a massive network of millions of computers. A home computer is linked into the Internet using a phone line and a modem. That enables the user of the computer to access any information anywhere on the Internet. In the case of your business that might include information such as stock market prices, industry news or just keeping tabs on what your competitors are up to.
MAINTAINING YOUR PRIVACY
Of course, a company network is different from the Internet
in that you don't want just anyone to be able to look at your confidential
information. So what you have instead is what we call an intranet. Access
is restricted to authorised users and security systems can be put in place
to keep out unwanted visitors, now widely known as 'hackers'.
INFORMATION AT YOUR FINGERTIPS,WHILE CUTTING
Networking allows you to share expensive resources such as printers, reduce costs and get maximum return on your IT investment. It enables you to cut down on duplication of equipment and files, but gives you instant access to any information within your network. Why keep a record on ten computers if one can store it and all of the others can access it?
Networking lets you streamline your information systems to increase your efficiency and help you make better-informed business decisions. Access to a company intranet can also help your employees feel they belong, and boost morale as well as productivity.
VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORKING
- THE BENEFITS WITHOUT THE HARDWARE
Virtual Private Networking (VPN) is a simple and secure method of linking computers of one LAN to another or remote and home users into a LAN, via the Internet. This is particularly beneficial if your business has more than one location or you have staff that are mobile but want to access their e-mail or company information.
THINK IT OVER, THEN GIVE US A CALL
If you'd like to cut your costs and improve your efficiency through networking, FTT can show you how.
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