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A Server is a computer or device on a network that manages network resources. For example, a file server is a computer and storage device dedicated to storing files Any user on the network can store files on the server. A print server is a computer that manages one or more printers and a network server is a computer that manages network traffic.

Servers are often dedicated, meaning that they perform no other tasks besides their server tasks. On multiprocessing operating systems however, a single computer can execute several programs at once. A server in this case could refer to the program that is managing resources rather than the entire computer.

What is Server Platform?

A term often used synonymously with operating system. A platform is the underlying hardware or software for a system and is thus the engine that drives the server.

Server types

Application Servers

Sometimes referred to as a type of middleware, application servers occupy a large chunk of computing territory between database servers and the end user, and they often connect the two.

Middleware is a software that connects two otherwise separate applications. For example, there are a number of middleware products that link a database system to a Web server This allows users to request data from the database using forms displayed on a Web browser and it enables the Web server to return dynamic Web pages based on the user's requests and profile.

The term middleware is used to describe separate products that serve as the glue between two applications. It is, therefore, distinct from import and export features that may be built into one of the applications. Middleware is sometimes called plumbing because it connects two sides of an application and passes data between them. Common middleware categories include:

* TP monitors
* DCE environments
* RPC systems
* Object Request Brokers (ORBs)
* Database access systems
* Message Passing

Audio/Video Servers

Audio/Video servers bring multimedia capabilities to Web sites by enabling them to broadcast streaming multimedia content. Streaming is a technique for transferring data such that it can be processed as a steady and continuous stream. Streaming technologies are becoming increasingly important with the growth of the Internet because most users do not have fast enough access to download large multimedia files quickly. With streaming, the client browser or plug-in can starts displaying the data before the entire file has been transmitted.

For streaming to work, the client side receiving the data must be able to collect the data and send it as a steady stream to the application that is processing the data and converting it to sound or pictures. This means that if the streaming client receives the data more quickly than required, it needs to save the excess data in a buffer If the data doesn't come quickly enough, however, the presentation of the data will not be smooth.

There are a number of competing streaming technologies emerging. For audio data on the Internet, the de facto standard is Progressive Network's RealAudio.

Types of Server

Chat Servers

Chat servers enable a large number of users to exchange information in an environment similar to Internet newsgroups that offer real-time discussion capabilities. Real time means occurring immediately. The term is used to describe a number of different computer features. For example, real-time operating systems are systems that respond to input > immediately. They are used for such tasks as navigation, in which the computer must react to a steady flow of new information without interruption. Most general-purpose operating systems are not real-time because they can take a few seconds, or even minutes, to react.

Real time can also refer to events simulated by a computer at the same speed that they would occur in real life. In graphics animation, for example, a real-time program would display objects moving across the screen at the same speed that they would actually move.

Fax Servers

A fax server is an ideal solution for organizations looking to reduce incoming and outgoing telephone resources but that need to fax actual documents.

FTP Servers

One of the oldest of the Internet services, File Transfer Protocol makes it possible to move one or more files securely between computers while providing file security and organization as well as transfer control.

Groupware Servers

A GroupWare server is software designed to enable users to collaborate, regardless of location, via the Internet or a corporate Intranet and to work together in a virtual atmosphere.

IRC Servers

An option for those seeking real-time capabilities, Internet Relay Chat consists of various separate networks (or "nets") of servers that allow users to connect to each other via an IRC network.

List Servers

List servers offer a way to better manage mailing lists, whether they are interactive discussions open to the public or one-way lists that deliver announcements, newsletters, or advertising.

Mail Servers

Almost as ubiquitous and crucial as Web servers, mail servers move and store mail over corporate networks via LANs and WANs and across the Internet.

News Servers

News servers act as a distribution and delivery source for the thousands of public news groups currently accessible over the USENET news network. USENET is a worldwide bulletin board system that can be accessed through the Internet or through many online services The USENET contains more than 14,000 forums called newsgroups that cover every imaginable interest group. It is used daily by millions of people around the world.

Proxy Servers

Proxy servers sit between a client program typically a Web browser and an external server (typically another server on the Web) to filter requests, improve performance, and share connections.

Telnet Servers

A Telnet server enables users to log on to a host computer and perform tasks as if they're working on the remote computer itself.

Web Servers

At its core, a Web server serves static content to a Web browser by loading a file from a disk and serving it across the network to a user's Web browser. The browser and server talking to each other using HTTP mediate this entire exchange.

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Krish's Comment
good
02 Tue Oct 2012
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Muvvala ramesh's Comment
Plz send me the all types of server list which is used in LAN, WAN, MAN & mobile network..Thanks .....
16 Fri Dec 2011
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bangaru's Comment
good
16 Fri Dec 2011
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 Thank you Bangaru :)




chintan's Comment
can you please tell me how to know server configuration relating to hardware? e.g. data traffic is 100 users/hour, which server hardware is compatible. configuration related to ftp server,web server,database server,etc. please sir,help me out.
12 Mon Dec 2011
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computer & hardware ,network engineer
04 Mon Apr 2011
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mahesh's Comment
pilease send types of server with name iam new lerner pleeeeees
17 Thu Mar 2011
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arlyn's Comment
what server do usually used in small business
11 Fri Mar 2011
Admin's Reply:

Windows Server 2008 would work fine for most smaller offices and non-critical scenarios. But it all depends on the needs of the small office. If possible, I would always opt for hosted solution and opposed to in-house web server.




john dela cruz's Comment
sent me any parts of server that you can,
14 Tue Dec 2010
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Ah yeah.




Nageswaran.V's Comment
1.what kind of server used in enginnering colleges?
09 Tue Nov 2010
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HP Blades




naeem's Comment
dear sir this naeem mahboby from afghanistan we have one company here and we need all types of server cisco with price thanks
24 Sun Oct 2010
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Well that's nice to know.




prabhu's Comment
good
19 Tue Oct 2010
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Thanks Prabhu.




Sruchit's Comment
hi, i wanna establish one webhosting company, i wanna webhosting server's can you pleaseeee say me where these servers are available for buying.. pleaseeeee reply..
10 Sun Oct 2010
Admin's Reply:

NewEgg.Com maybe a good place.




anbarasu.s`'s Comment
ITs enafed
14 Tue Sep 2010
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makuru's Comment
Would like to change how we work with computors at a college - would like to use a server and connect it to about 100 slaves - is this possible? What type of server would you suggest?
10 Tue Aug 2010
Admin's Reply:

i suggest you can have a look at the routers. since if there are too many slaves chances of slow performance is very high. try this link www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/routers/




Maanu's Comment
could you send me list of servers used in Hospitality industry?
23 Fri Jul 2010
Admin's Reply:

We wouldn't know anything about that, sorry .




afzal afaque's Comment
its nice!....the contents are fine ,but i need to know ,that Is india have its tier1 infrasturucture,as per my knowledge india runs on tire 2 (asp ,php dotnet,appache,unix......)
09 Fri Jul 2010
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am not sure Afzal




ayeayenwe's Comment
I want to know
11 Fri Jun 2010
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Yeah? Me Too!




Eben's Comment
Please could you send about twenty (20) types of servers.
04 Tue May 2010
Admin's Reply:

Sure, but why not a 100?




GANESH MHAISE's Comment
WHAT IS MEAN BY PROXY SERVER?
03 Sat Apr 2010
Admin's Reply:

Take a reading here: Proxy Server




samad's Comment
plz send me new type of server and latest server
30 Tue Mar 2010
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i hope you may find something usefull routers




Raghavendra's Comment
send me abt servers
19 Fri Mar 2010
Admin's Reply:

Soon, we'll have a very detailed article describing, just about all types of servers. Soon!




lokesh's Comment
server details
26 Fri Feb 2010
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Yes




ZACK's Comment
please give /send me the all types of server (lan ,man , wan ) please
26 Fri Feb 2010
Admin's Reply:

aren't those various types of networks?




Chisha mwamabazi's Comment
How do i troubleshoot a mouse
02 Tue Feb 2010
Admin's Reply:

With a mouse trap

What kind of trouble is your mouse blazing away at you?




jimoh asimiyu's Comment
Plz send me the all types of server list which is used in LAN, WAN, MAN & mobile network..
15 Fri Jan 2010
Admin's Reply:

Try this Types of Servers 2




sanjay kumar's Comment
really good quenstions.
12 Tue Jan 2010
Admin's Reply:

Thanks Sanjay




avelino's Comment
or making a web server with the ftp server..using linux and apache..
05 Tue Jan 2010
Admin's Reply:

Try this: LAMP Guide




avelino's Comment
please send information about making web-based ftp client application...probably using linux..apache..with perl and postgreSQl..thanks.
05 Tue Jan 2010
Admin's Reply:

We'll try. See if you can post you're request at: http://www.techiwarehouse.com/cms/engine.php?page_id=38b8d954




K.Swathi's Comment
plz send me information about WEB APPLICATION SERVER & OBJECT APPLICATION SERVER.
19 Sat Dec 2009
Admin's Reply:

Try this: Web Application Server




Raghul's Comment
ok, how could i get tutorials
17 Thu Dec 2009
Admin's Reply:

This is it!!!

Read the article above. If anyone has a better resource for "Types of Servers"...please let us all know the URL.




Raghul's Comment
ma i know that,would u give training for servers
16 Wed Dec 2009
Admin's Reply:

Sorry, we'll just limit ourselves to simple tutorials.




oyiz's Comment
can u tell me the types of servers in detail
10 Thu Dec 2009
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Read the article above bro 




Giri Prasad's Comment
i want to know the complete description about servers and types of servers
27 Fri Nov 2009
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Enjoy Giri.




Anuj Kumar's Comment
plz send me the all type of server list which is used in lan, wan, network
24 Tue Nov 2009
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Try This: Types of Server




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send me types of servers and compines that are selling a servers
21 Sat Nov 2009
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Plz send me the all types of server list which is used in LAN, WAN, MAN & mobile network..Thanks .....
16 Mon Nov 2009
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sudharsan's Comment
pls send server definitions and types of servers and where it is used
13 Fri Nov 2009
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arunss's Comment
i have a 1 tb hdd. how can i make it as a web server??
06 Fri Nov 2009



akhilesh singh's Comment
Plz send me the all types of server list which is used in LAN, WAN, MAN & mobile network......... Thanx
02 Mon Nov 2009
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Sandeep's Comment
Send me the list of various servers available in market....... Can u please send me in my mailbox???
31 Sat Oct 2009
Admin's Reply: Wow, you know...You're the 9th person on the comments to ask me to email something. What's up with people wanting me to email them? :)



ashok's Comment
pls send server definitions and types of servers and where it is used
26 Mon Oct 2009
Admin's Reply:

Just come back to this page to look it up 




Nibalkar's Comment
Send me some details about servers....
23 Fri Oct 2009
Admin's Reply: can't email in detail :) but we can do and aim to do is to add more articles similar to this but more current.





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