4. Application Server
Installing an application on a single computer can take a long time. And if there are dozens of client computers then it will take a very long time. A more efficient approach in these circumstances is to deploy an application server.
An application server allows client computers to run licenced applications without needing to be installed locally.
Advantages of an application server
Disadvantages of an application server
|Easy to install application in one place||Over-kill for a network with only a few client computers|
|Simple to manage software licences to ensure only the allowed number of users can run the application at any one time||Can be expensive to set up|
|Software patches and security updates can be easily deployed||Increased network bandwidth as people run the application over the network|
|Saves much time compared to installing a copy on every client machine|
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