Use of an intranet is very popular among VAs and small to medium sized businesses who employ many VAs. The intranet can be a useful way of organizing individual projects for various employees or project and for increasing collaboration efforts.

By Definition: An intranet is a private computer network that uses Internet technologies to securely share any part of an organization's information or operational systems with its employees. Sometimes the term refers only to the organization's internal website, but often it is a more extensive part of the organization's computer infrastructure and private websites are an important component and focal point of internal communication and collaboration.

An intranet is built from the same concepts and technologies used for the Internet, such as client-server computing and the Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP). Any of the well known Internet protocols may be found in an intranet, such as HTTP (web services), SMTP (e-mail), and FTP (file transfer). Internet technologies are often deployed to provide modern interfaces to legacy information systems hosting corporate data.


While there are many intranet products on the web, such as WebEx's Web Office, many of these plans are quite pricey. It is also important for us to consider open source products in this line of business.

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