Intranet vs. Extranet: Differences & Comparison (With Examples)
In 1996, IBM was in charge of the digital operation for the Olympic Games in Atlanta. Tens of millions of dollars were invested to provide the world with Olympic news and updates. IBM used an extranet system to handle distributing event results to news organizations.
The system failed. Constant delays, crashes and errors. It was one of the first public failures of internet infrastructure. It also entered extranet into the lexicon.
Twenty-five years after the Atlanta incident, intranets and extranets have become reliable IT and business tools. This article breaks down the similarities and differences between these concepts.