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#1 OFFLINE   wa4chq

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Posted 23 August 2019 - 12:37 PM

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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Posted 23 August 2019 - 01:47 PM

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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Posted 23 August 2019 - 02:01 PM

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.
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Posted 23 August 2019 - 06:49 PM

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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Posted 23 August 2019 - 07:09 PM

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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Posted 23 August 2019 - 09:47 PM

Yes, climate control is a necessity. :)

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Posted 24 August 2019 - 12:39 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 23 August 2019 - 09:47 PM, said:

Yes, climate control is a necessity. :)
Humidity and heat here is pretty bad.

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