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I'm having a hard time understanding servers. From what I read, a server is a computer that serves information to other computers. What I don't understand is the reason for having a web server or music server or a mail server when wouldn't having just one device called a "server" be able to do your multi-media and web, mail etc.... :'( :hmm:

 

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Well most of the time one server can provide lots of services (mail, media, music etc.) but when you get a lot of users, you need more hardware and network connections.

 

Remember each connection and user uses some system resources so too many users and services can bring a server down.

 

On top of that, nowadays most servers are just virtual machines or docker containers anyway running on blade at a data center. A lot of websites use Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide cloud computing, servers, etc. which are virtual servers hosted on Amazon's servers.

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Hey SB...thanks for the reply. I've been messing around with my raspberry pi and reading about how they can be used for an access point, a router, a music server, a mail server, a web server.... So for a home server, you could run just one to do multiple tasks but if it were an office building with 50 people then like you said, the server could crash.

Still learning!

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A server is nothing more than another computer that serves. Usually, though, a server is a massive storage system, often housed in a huge climate controlled building made up of 10s of 1000s of hard drives, mucho RAM, extensive routing capabilities, etc.

 

What is a server?

 

A server farm...

 

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ok....it's starting to make sense. I hope one day to have 10's of 1000's of hard drives....but for now I think I'd settle for the climate controlled room.

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Yes, climate control is a necessity. :)

Humidity and heat here is pretty bad.

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Servers also refer to the software that does the serving. That's why a general-purpose desktop computer running IIS or Apache is also a web server. As Eric pointed out, any computer device that offers some service is a server. Anyone that asks for something from the server is the client.

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Nice to be back. Been pretty busy at work these days and then I go home and read and stay away from forums.😋 Anyway, I have more free time now so I'll try and pop in here a bit more.

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21 minutes ago, Peachy said:

I have more free time now so I'll try and pop in here a bit more.

 

COOL! I'd sure be happy to see more of you. Heck, this past three or four days I've spent more time on this board than I have in the last two months. New board software is keeping me busy. :)

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