There's a huge difference between client/server and peer-to-peer networks. For instance, a peer-to-peer network has no central server. Each workstation on the network shares its files equally with the others. Through client workstations, users can access most files, which are generally stored on the server.
Hereof, what are the benefits of a peer to peer network?
In peer-to-peer networks all nodes are act as server as well as client therefore no need of dedicated server. The peer to peer network is less expensive. Peer to peer network is easier to set up and use this means that you can spend less time in the configuration and implementation of peer to peer network.
How does a peer to peer work?
The process works like this:
- You run peer-to-peer file-sharing software (for example, a Gnutella program) on your computer and send out a request for the file you want to download.
- To locate the file, the software queries other computers that are connected to the Internet and running the file-sharing software.
What is a peer to peer service?
A peer-to-peer (P2P) network in which interconnected nodes ("peers") share resources amongst each other without the use of a centralized administrative system. A network based on the client-server model, where individual clients request services and resources from centralized servers.