What does intranet mean?
As Intranet is the term used to describe a private network that is created within an organization or building. The information shared between these systems is private and not available to public networks.
Basically, the Intranet accessible only to members of an organization and other authorized users. The websites and software applications essentially do not differ in appearance from the standard Internet networks. However, the Intranet access for internal users only and provides increased security. In addition, the surrounding firewall keeps unauthorized users out.
The main purpose of a private network is to exchange information and resources between employees in a company. In principle, an intranet connection is established using the same technologies and methods as LAN and WLAN networks. However, the Intranet can also be operated without an active Internet connection.
Advantages of using the intranet
- ProductivityThe introduction of the intranet in companies can help employees to access information and applications more quickly. In the process, each employee can be given a user profile so that they only have access to certain data. This helps companies restrict access to certain resources and share the rest of the data from anywhere on their network. Moreover, this simultaneously increases employee performance, through simplified data sharing.
- Communication: The Intranet also serves as an excellent communication tool within a company and can convey current and strategic information.
- Web Publishing: Using web technologies, companies can maintain and easily access the information. For example, manuals, company policies, latest news, training materials and business documents can be converted to the profile of the newly joined employees. These can then be easily transferred to the local servers.
- Management: The Intranet Facilitates the functionality of deploying and developing business applications that support internal business operations.
- Cost-effective: Employee-related data such as procedure manuals, internal telephone lists and requisition forms can be viewed via the web browser. Since this is done digitally, there are no printing or maintenance costs.
- Collaboration: Information is easily accessible to authorized users and promotes teamwork.
Basic differences between intranet, extranet and internet
The ItranetIntranet allows users to access and share information only within the company.
In contrast, the Internet allows public access.
The exranet describes the process of authorizing a third party outside the company to access all information. This information is part of a company's intranet. With a valid user name and password, an outsider thus gains external access to a company's intranet.« Back to Glossary Index