The shared printer is connected to the network and

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on the network. The shared printer is connected to the network and then can be used by many different users at once. Consolidate Storage 2:58-3:39 Networks can also consolidate storage. Instead of requiring employees to store data on their local workstations, what they can do is actually save their data in a central location on a file server. They could even save data on a network attached storage device. This is very important because it reduces the amount of storage required on each workstation and it also makes life easier for the networkadministrator because we store all of this sensitive company information in one location on that server, making it much easier to protect. Instead of having to back up everybody's workstation every night to protect that data, all we have to do is back up the shared storage on the server. Network Benefits 3:40-4:43 Networks also make work group collaboration easier. By consolidating storage, users are able to share files with each other. We can also implement email or instant messaging or even social media to allow users to collaborate with each other when they're working on a project. We can also implement workflow management applications. By doing this, we can make it so that we can track projects and organize them in a much more efficient manner. We can even replace our traditional telephone service with a network. We can use Voice over IP toreduce our telephone expenses. We can even enhance external communications with partners or with customers. For example, an organization can more efficiently communicate with its clients or partners by setting up a website or maybe utilizing social media. As an example, if an organization'scustomers needed to order a new product or get replacement parts for a product they've already purchased, they can come to the company's website and place an order. In addition, if a company is going to roll out a new product, they could organize a series of webcasts in order to introduce theircustomers to the new product. Summary 4:44-5:18 That's it for this lesson. In this lesson we introduced you to the concept of a computer network.Remember, a network is a group of interconnected devices that need to share information with each other. In order for that network to work, several key components are required. First of all, you have to have the devices themselves that need to communicate with each other. We need some type of connecting medium. We need an appropriate network interface that connects to that network medium. Finally, we need some agreed upon set of communication standards to define our networking protocols. Finally, we talked about the fact that networks usually save the company more time and money than they cost in order to set up and maintain.
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  • Spring '14
  • Computer network, Local area network, Network topology, Metropolitan area network

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