Networking Concept and Applications Week 1 Essay

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Mini-Case a. Classify the two alternatives in terms of what type of application architecture they use. The first option in which the client would download the tool is an example of client-based (or thin client) architecture where the work is completed mostly by the client PC. The second option in which the client uses a web browser is an example of Client-Server (or fat client) architecture where the work is shared between the server and host. b. Outline the pros and cons of the two alternatives and make a recommendation to Fred about which is better. The client-server model offers many advantages over the client based model. First when upgrades to the application are required these would only need to be done on the server at DRUB. In the client model the upgrade would need to be pushed out to each client PC. Second the client server model will allow for the most organic growth. Servers can be added and upgraded at reasonable levels as needed. In the Client based environment the clients PC needs to communicate with DRUB database which can require a significant amount of network resources. As the number or clients and database requests increase this can have a negative impact on the network. Finally the cost of infrastructure will be lowest in the client-server model. Although the cost of the servers would be similar in each case the cost of network connectivity would be greater in the client model due to the extra network
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