Intranet Vs Extranet
The comparison of Extranet vs Intranet will be incomplete without giving a view on what Intranet and Extranet terms mean and their positioning in organisational IT setup –
What is Intranet?
An Intranet is a private network, operated by a large company and protected from the global internet. Authenticated users of the organization can access the database system, directory and can distribute documents and workflow.
Employees can make interactive communication in the shape of chatting, audio and videoconferencing.
Unlike the internet that is maintained by the autonomous network providers, the intranet is managed and maintained by the internal department of an organisation.
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What is Extranet?
An Extranet is basically a private network designed specifically to allow Business partners and vendors to communicate with you and your employees in a closed virtual space.
Extranets serve a key role when communication is required between various organizations or vendor companies. An extranet is accessible to some people from outside the company, or possibly shared by more than one organisation.
This network system is basically used for business to business (B2B) purposes. Large volumes of data can be exchanged between parties via extranets, for example, and they can also be used to create collaboration.
Extranets are also used to help monitor and fix any potential bugs or issues that can occur with a company’s products or services — almost like built-in quality control.
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