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Different Kinds of Servers


Different servers do different jobs, from serving email and video to protecting internal networks and hosting Web sites. Find out the types of server types that are used today.

Servers are often dedicated, meaning they don’t perform other tasks other than their server tasks.
These are the types of the server that is used in the market today.


Web Server

At its core, a web server is serving static contents to a Web browser by loading a file from a disk and serving it across the network and to a user’s Web browser. This entire exchange is mediated by the browser server talking to each other using HTTP.


Server Platforms.

A term always used synonymously with operating systems, a platform is the fundamental hardware or a software for a system and is thus the engine that drives the servers.


Mail Server

Almost as ubiquitous and crucial as Web servers, mail servers are used to move and store mails over corporate networks via and LAN (Local Area Network) and WANS (Wireless Area Network) and across the Internet.


List Server

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


Open Source Server

From your underlying open source server operating system to the server software that helps getting your job done, open source software is one of the critical part of many IT infrastructures.


Virtual Server

In 2009, Virtual servers surpassed the number of physical servers deployed. Today, server virtualization has become near ubiquitous in the data center.


Proxy Server

Proxy servers sits between a client programs (typically a web browser) and an external server (typically another server on the Web) filtering requests, improving performance, and connection sharing.


Application Server

Sometimes it is also called the middle-ware, application servers occupies a large chunk of computing territory between database servers and the end user, and they often connect the two.


Real-Time Communication Server

Formerly known as chat servers or IRC Servers, and up to now it is sometimes referred to as instant messaging (IM) servers, it enables large numbers of users to exchange information near instantaneously.


FTP Server

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


Collaboration Server

In different ways, collaboration software, once called ‘groupware,’ demonstrates the original power of the Web. Collaboration software was designed to enable users to collaborate, regardless of location, via the Internet or a corporate intranet and to work together in a virtual atmosphere.

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