Key Benefits of Server-Based Local Access Networks for Small Business

Telecom Tech Outlook | Thursday, September 09, 2021

One of the primary reasons for switching to a server-based LAN is remote access to shared resources. For starters, Local Area Networks allow you to share resources such as data, files, software, Internet access, printer access, and backup access among all network devices.

Fremont, CA: The majority of the businesses require some form of local access network (LAN). These networks enable one to share data in a secure, internal setting without exposing it to the Internet or another connection and without consuming external bandwidth.

In most cases, they are faster, less expensive, and more secure than wide-area networks or Cloud technologies, making them ideal for small businesses that store and share data. Peer-to-Peer (P2P) LAN is primarily replaced by server-based or client-server local access networks (LAN).

Client-server networks essentially use a server as a central hub, connecting workstations as well as devices to that hub via a central linking computer. This has numerous advantages over peer-to-peer networks, in which computers are simply linked together.

Here are some benefits of client-server networks for small businesses:

Remote Management of Shared Resources

One of the primary reasons for switching to a server-based LAN is remote access to shared resources. For starters, Local Area Networks allow you to share resources such as data, files, software, Internet access, printer access, and backup access among all network devices. This means that organizational resources are distributed to anyone who has an authorized device simply because those resources are network-authorized.

Second, as a standard feature of the LAN, individuals can remotely access those files and resources. Most server technologies support multiple remote users by default (Windows 10 Server does not), but a LAN allows these devices to log in as individual devices rather than as desktop users.

As a result, a LAN enables more people to gain access to organizational resources from any location. One can further secure this by using VPN (Virtual Private Network), which requires anyone accessing one's LAN from another geographical location to do so through a secure connection and device. This is especially useful as remote and flex work become more common, but it is also surprisingly useful even if one works in the same office.

Less Complicated IT Management

A LAN not only creates a centralized resource repository but also enables centralized management of all connected devices. One's system administrator can use a server to deploy remote updates for software and applications, operating systems, antivirus, and even to troubleshoot computer problems and recommend a solution.

While this type of deployment will necessitate the purchase and installation of remote access and management software, it can save your system administrator tens of hours per month simply by allowing her to remote-check devices, request remote access when someone has a problem, and remotely configure settings to quickly resolve issues.

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