Intranet Definition

Subject: Intranet Definition
From: Bob Handlin/US/3Com <Bob_Handlin -at- 3MAIL -dot- 3COM -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Oct 1996 10:22:22 EDT


Arlen's Intranet definition is accurate, but the pop culture definition of an
Intranet is more specific. Most people are using the term to describe a web
server inside a corporate firewall. Essentially, a private web for internal

The business reason for their overwhelming popularity these days is:

1. The client-server model allows people on Macs, UNIX boxes and PCs to share
data easily.

2. The web browser is a familiar, usable interface.

3. HTTP hyperlinking is a good navigation aid, especially when contrasted with
a simple file server or a complex entanglement of Lotus Notes databases.

Bob_Handlin -at- 3mail -dot- 3com -dot- com

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