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extranet

[′ek·strə‚net]
(computer science)
A secure, Internet-based private network that allows organizations to share information with vendors, partners, customers, and so on; access requires either a password or digital encryption.

extranet

(World-Wide Web)
The extension of a company's intranet out onto the Internet, e.g. to allow selected customers, suppliers and mobile workers to access the company's private data and applications via the World-Wide Web. This is in contrast to, and usually in addition to, the company's public website which is accessible to everyone. The difference can be somewhat blurred but generally an extranet implies real-time access through a firewall of some kind.

Such facilities require very careful attention to security but are becoming an increasingly important means of delivering services and communicating efficiently.

extranet

A secured website on the Internet for customers or business partners and not the general public. To gain access, users must establish an account with identification and an authentication method such as a password, security token or biometric. An extranet can provide access to research, current inventories, internal databases, electronic teaching platforms, virtually any information that customers or associates have permission to view. Many extranets use virtual private networks (VPNs) to encrypt data in transit. Contrast with intranet. See Microsoft SharePoint, EDI and virtual data room.
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An extranet uses the public Internet as its transmission system, but requires passwords to gain access.
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Secure extranet applications will continue to redefine the electronic marketplace.
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The Secure Trading Extranet is known to provide best-in-class speed, reliability and security, as well as connecting one of the world's largest financial communities of interest.
Participants on the Secure Trading Extranet can submit indications of interest, route orders, execute trades and support advanced applications including market data, voice and wide-area network services and establish a new connection with an on-net trading partner within three days.
Buying companies who venture down the extranet path should establish a strategic, collaborative plan with their suppliers and discuss in detail the costs of data exchange," Sommer added.
This is a significant contract for us, signalling the confidence of one of the region's leading financial institutions in TNS' Secure Trading Extranet," said Bader.
This insight into trading transaction flow is a first for financial Extranets.
In addition to simplifying the network infrastructure, once the extranet gains scale and the benefits of the "network effect" kick in, the network's value increases exponentially as the number of brokers, clients, data providers, execution venues and service providers on the network increase, the ease and speed of connecting to that provider increases, as does the network utility.