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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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This paper defines the business-to-business extranet based on the World Wide Web, discusses the evolution from Internet to extranet, defines the types of extranets, the advantages and disadvantages of extranets, business requirements, and gives specific examples of the extranet at work today.
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Extranets use the Internet to take business--and the internal systems that support business--online.
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Via TNS' proprietary Internet protocol (IP) network, the Secure Trading Extranet, traders in Bermuda will be able to connect to over 1,000 financial community end-points representing over 400 buy and sell-side institutions, market data and software vendors, exchanges and alternative trading venues around the world.
The AON blades in Cisco routers residing in TNS's Secure Trading Extranet capture and monitor FIX message and TCP event traffic, then send the monitoring messages to the Trading Metrics application which processes and reports on trade events.
With Stellent Universal Content Management, customers can easily deploy multiple line-of-business applications -- such as public Web sites, secure intranets and extranets, compliance processes, and marketing brand management -- and also scale the technology to support multi-site management and enterprise-wide content management needs.
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