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Network Sharing

Network sharing occurs when two or more communications service providers, known as CSPs, share network resources through either joint ownership or third-party-enabled network sharing, otherwise known as open networks. This feature means that files, documents, media, and folders can be accessed by various users and computing devices over a shared network.

What Small and Midsize Businesses Need to Know About Network Sharing

For SMBs, network sharing offers benefits and disadvantages. For instance, sharing networks saves money. Also, software licenses are more cost-efficient than buying “standalone” licenses, files are easy to share, and security tends to be superior. Network sharing does come with some issues. Managing a large network requires extensive training; if one computer is infected with a virus, it will easily spread to others and advanced firewalls are necessary to prevent hacking.

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