General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division

Technology & Practice Guide

Peer-to-Peer versus Client/ Server Networks

Advantages

Peer-to-Peer Networks

No dedicated server.

Less expensive.

Easy to install and maintain.

Good file, printer, and CD-ROM sharing.

Client/Server Networks

Fast.

Expandable.

Will work with any application.

Handles shared database applications.

More reliable (dedicated server).

Highest level of security.

Disadvantages

Peer-to-Peer Networks

Slow.

No good for database applications.

Less reliable (server is workstation).

Limited expandability.

Client/Server

Needs dedicated server.

More expensive to buy.

More expensive to maintain.

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