peer-to-peer network

peer-to-peer network
   A LAN in which drives, files, and printers on each PC can be available to every other PC on the network, eliminating the need for a dedicated file server. Each PC can still run local applications. Peer-to-peer networks introduce their own system management problems, including administration and responsibility for system backup, reliability, and security. Peerto-peer systems are often used in relatively small networks, with two to ten users, and can be based on MS-DOS, Windows, or Unix.Performanceisnotusuallyasgoodon a peer-to-peer network as under the client/ server model, especially under heavy traffic loads.

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