Of the companys email and contact lists can be stored

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of the company's email and contact lists can be stored on a single mail server, or all of the company's policies and public documents can be store on an internal web server or ftp server. With the Client-Server network model, each workstation only really needs to have one theoretical connection on the network, and that connection is to the main server as illustrated in the image below. Because of this, the maintenance cost for the network drops. Also, since all the important information of the network actually resides on the servers, the workstation maintenance also drops since the users can access any information they need through any workstation, and a faulty workstation computer will have very little effect on the usefulness of the network. I actually have setup networks where the workstation computers are backed up to an image on a central server, so if a workstation goes down, a technician can restore the image and have the workstation back up literally within minutes.
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There are numerous other benefits to this type of network, most stem from the fact that you consolidate information or security to a single computer, or groups of computers. Once this is done, adding other services to the network is both easier and more secure. The Downsides of a Client-Server Network Even though the Client-Server type of network has many advantages, there are some disadvantages that you should be aware of. The cost of this type of network is relatively high up front, not only must you purchase the server hardware, but most server software is very expensive, especially for larger networks since some software companies charge more for each client computer that will connect to the main server (although there are cheaper alternatives). Once the network is in place however, it is relatively easy to justify the cost since the overall cost to maintain the network becomes less expensive. Another downside to consider is the possibility of the main server having problems. How fast must you have the network working again? If you need 24x7 operability, you should allow in your budget a second "redundant" server, so if the main server goes down, the redundant server will step in and provide services until the primary server is back up again. An experienced administrator should be able to setup redundant servers that will assume control of failing servers without user intervention. Final Words on Client-Server Networks The Client-Server network model provides important services to the network safely and securely, it also allows the convenience of allowing the users to work on their own workstation machine. However, this network model can be very expensive, not only because the software can be expensive, but you also must provide adequate hardware for both the servers and the individual workstation machines, which can become very expensive with revolving hardware updates.
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