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There are many different types of networks used today that could be evaluated I would like to take a brief look at three main types of networks the host-based network the client-based network and the client-server network I would like to look at both the advantages and disadvantages of each type In the host-based network there is a host or server often a mainframe computer that does virtually all of the work on the network The host computer provides data to all users on the network and also performs all application functions A benefit of a host-based network is that there is one central computer for all end users If however the amount of users grow beyond the capacity the host can become overloaded It then takes more time to access and transfer information over the network The only solution is to upgrade which is often very expensive for large host computers Client-based networks are configured to where the client computer does most of the work in managing data The application software on the client computer is responsible for the presentation logic the application logic and the data access logic used in data management The server only stores the data needed by the client The problem with this network type is that the circuit can become overloaded with large amounts of information being transmitted to the client computers The client computer usually a microcomputer can also become overloaded as a result of storing so much information The third and most popular type of network is the client-server network The client-server network shares the workload between the client computer and the host computer The client computer is usually responsible for presentation logic and application logic The host computer is left with the task of storing data and data access logic These functions must all be accomplished for the network to transmit and receive information properly Sometimes the application logic may be split between the client and
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