FAQ: What is a network server?
Looking for a clear definition of a network server? Search no further. Here’s a quick rundown of what a network server is and how it differs from a workstation.
A network server is basically a computer thats purpose is to process requests and deliver data to other workstations on a local network or virtual network. A network server provides shared resources like disc space, hardware access, and email services with other computers (i.e. clients) on the network.
Any computer can be a network server. What makes a network server computer different from a workstation computer is not the hardware but the function of the computer. A workstation is any computer that an employee uses to perform his or her work while a network server is any computer that provides workstations access to shared software or hardware services.
Another difference between a server and a workstation is that network servers usually contain additional processing, storage capacity and memory to handle servicing computers on the network. For example, a server may have more random access memory (RAM) or use a more robust operating system (OS) than the typical workstation. The bigger the network, the more computing power required to handle the load.
Examples of common network servers include:
- Web servers
- Proxy servers
- FTP servers
We hope you have found our explanation of a network server helpful in your research. If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to contact AMRCON for help or get a free network audit to discover ways to improve your business network.