Different Types Of Servers

If your business relies heavily on the internet, then you need to get to know more about different servers. A server is a special type of computer which is able to deliver data to a different client or computer either through the Internet or a local area network. Servers play a huge role in providing memory and storage capacities to various websites. It follows that if you operate an online business and the lifeblood of your venture is your website, selecting the right website is crucial to ensure that your website does not bog down unnecessarily:

Mail Server. If you’re operating a huge company and communication is important, then keep your eyes peeled for a reliable mail server which is responsible for moving and storing mail through corporate networks either through LANs, WANs and the Internet.

Server Platforms. More popularly known as an operating system, server platforms are the software or application which allows the server to run.

Proxy Server. This type of server is able to sift through requests, speed up the performance of a website and increase connections, and this server is placed in between a web browser and an external server.

Web Server. Essentially, what a web server does is to provide static content to a web browser through loading a file through the disk and then sends the information into a web browser. The browser and the server are able to communicate with each other by using HTTP.


Application Server. This type of server is also known as a middleware, and application servers sit in between end users and database servers. Middleware basically allows both database servers and end users to communicate with each other.

Real-Time Communication Server. Once known as IRC servers or chat servers, these real-time communication servers allow the exchange of information in an instantaneous matter. This type of server also refers to instant messaging servers.

FTP Server. This is one of the first servers which have been used in Internet services. File Transfer Protocol servers allow computers to move information between them securely and in an organized and controlled manner.

Collaboration Server. Also known as “groupware”, this type of server easily demonstrates the power if the web by allowing multiple users to collaborate with each other regardless of their physical locations, either through the intranet or the Internet, and collaboration servers allow users to work and communicate with each other in a virtual environment.

The writer, Keith Daniels, loves to blog about websites, servers and data security. He shares great insights about Macquarie Telecom Ltd (MAQ)

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