Extranets can help businesses
improve their customer service, increase their revenue, and save
time and resources. The network helps facilitate the flow of
information to customers, suppliers and partners. It can be utilized
to lets the company's suppliers get point of sales reports at
any time, day or night, and can enable you to offer real-time
Extranets are based on Open
Internet Standards such as HTTP, TCP/IP, FTP, SMTP, HTML, MIME,
SSL, etc. Industry Standardization allows products from various
companies to interact and communicate enabling Extranet applications
to operate in a complex environment utilizing technology from
web browsers, web servers, secure servers, remote administration
tools, directory servers, authentication servers, ecommerce systems,
distributed databases and objects, email and fax systems, firewalls,
A primary design concern is
security for Extranet traffic as you are making sensitive proprietary
information and systems available to outside companies. Care
must be taken to ensure that internal corporate systems are adequately
protected, and that group members can only access approved resources.
VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORKS:
As ecommerce on the World Wide Web continues to grow, security
concerns for mission critical systems and data are becoming ever
more critical. To safeguard important proprietary systems and
information, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) linking Intranets
and Extranets securely over the Internet is essential.
A VPN utilizing private encryption
keys assures that your valuable resources are secure from unauthorized
complete VPN solutions based
on Industry Standard proven technology and Open Architectures
guarantee Affordable Quality and a VPN you can rely on.
Contact Merz Communications
today for a free initial VPN evaluation and learn how protecting
your data can save you money.
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The first tier, or client, is the hardware and software with
which the end user interacts.
The middle tier is the hardware and software that resides between
the client and the enterprise server resources and data. The
software includes a Web server that receives requests from the
client and invokes Java servlets to process these requests. The
client communicates with the Web server via industry standard
protocols such as HTTP and IIOP.
The third tier, or back end, is the hardware and software that
provides database and transactional services. These back-end
services are accessed through connectors between the middle-tier
Web server and the third-tier server.