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Benefits of application server networks the biggest

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Benefits of Application-Server Networks The biggest benefit that this type of network provides is cost. It is very cheap to implement and maintain an Application Server based network. The only high end component you need is a high quality server computer with lots and lots of memory. As for the terminals, they can be purchased very cheaply, or one could even use old 486 and Pentium computers and not notice any slowdown. The maintenance of this type of network is also very low cost, since you basically only need to maintain the one or two servers that provide the applications. Also, to lower the cost even more, you can install and use commodity software, such as Linux or BSD Unix, which can be obtained with little or no cost. The Downsides of Application-Server Networks
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The downside to running all of the clients on one server is, of course, what happens when the server goes down. This of course is a huge disadvantage, but one that can be overcome with installing a second or even third Application Server to the network. Which would also spread out the connections across the servers, so that the performance would not diminish as much when more and more users access the servers. Another downside is the fact that most Proprietary Software packages are licensed, and most will not allow you to run the software on Application Servers without a substantial monetary investment. You can combat this cost by sticking with Open Source variants of commodity software, such as Word Processors, Web Browsers and Email Applications, and use standalone computers for the specialized software such as accounting software. Final Words on Application-Server Networks Even though not every software package will allow you to run it off of an Application Server, the price benefits can be astounding when this type of network is Implemented. If you need to provide public access to computers, or have separate departments that only need to use word processing, spreadsheets, and email, an Application Server could literally save you tens of thousands of dollars, even on a smaller network of 10-20 computers. Elements of a Network Network interface cards, commonly referred to as NICs, are used to connect a PC to a network. The NIC provides a physical connection between the networking cable and the computer’s internal bus. NICs come in three basic varieties: 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit. The larger the number of bits that can be transferred to the NIC, the faster the NIC can transfer data to the network cable. Cards are available to support almost all networking standards, including the latest Fast Ethernet environment. Fast Ethernet NICs are often 10/100 capable, and will automatically set to the appropriate speed. Full duplex networking is another option, where a dedicated connection to a switch allows a NIC to operate at twice the speed.
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