It has been 20 years since local area networks became commonplace. Before then, desktop computers worked in isolation and sharing data was difficult and clumsy. Local area networks in combination with client/server software solved many of these problems. However, what local area networks generally have failed to solve well is the problem of remote access.
Despite the best efforts of many software companies remote access technologies never provide a fully adequate solution. They can be slow, expensive to maintain, won’t work if the Internet fails, drain Server performance and are effectively no more than a way to send screen images, keystrokes and mouse movements from one computer to another. They are a shortcut attempt to circumvent the fact that local networks are designed to work in a physically distinct location, such as a single office or home.
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