What are the downsides of a peer-to-peer network?

mstrauss

For a small business, it obviously seems cheaper and easier to set up a peer-to-peer network than a domain based network. What are the main drawbacks of a peer-to-peer network?

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Christopher Nerney
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This site offers a good summary of peer-to-peer advantages and disadvantages. The latter include:

 

* Potential slowdowns of computers used by multiple people

* No central back-up for files and folders

* Viruses can invade the network from multiple computers

* Security is lax to non-existent

Christopher Nerney
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This site offers a good summary of peer-to-peer advantages and disadvantages. The latter include:

 

* Potential slowdowns of computers used by multiple people

* No central back-up for files and folders

* Viruses can invade the network from multiple computers

* Security is lax to non-existent

jimlynch
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I think Chris pretty much has it covered.

stephenb
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I guess the main things are the relative lack of scalability that makes it challenging when your network undergoes significant growth. Also, many times I’ve seen the same machine being used as a network server and an individual workstation, which pretty much sucks for the person whose computer is both their PC and the network server.

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