Everything you need to know about servers

By Alex J | Friday, 4 November 2016

During the 2016 US Presidential campaign, you’ve probably heard a lot about Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Some of you are probably wondering why this is a big deal in the US.

To some extent, the furor is because of the number of emails (both personal and professional). Take note that this is a server and not some USB or external hard drive. This means the Secretary of State stored thousands of emails.

To understand the stark difference between these devices, it helps to know what a server actually is.

According to Webopedia, it is basically “A computer or device on a network that manages network resources”. There a number of different servers, all for a different purpose. Here are a few examples:

File as its name suggests, it mainly stores files and could be accessed strictly by network users.
Print this kind of server manages all the printers within a network. This server does not need to be a computer considering it only stores temporary files.
Database this kind of server is similar to the File type except the data it stores is much more complex. Also, accessing and retrieving the data is much more complicated. Users access either through a front end or back end application.
Web a web server is a computer (or group of computers) that load web pages and other related content to internet users.
Linux this kind of servers is a variant of the Linux open source operating system. Of all the servers, this is considered one of the most reliable because it can handle network and system functions.

These are just a few common examples of servers. Although each type is starkly different than the other, they do have similar functions and components. For example: All servers use the Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks (RAID) storage system. The principal function of a RAID system is to use several disk drives but configure them to act like one.

Since servers are complex devices, naturally they have to be properly maintained. Here are the top tips to maintaining a server hardware:

1.Monitor its activity and performance.
2.Clean and scan it regularly.
3.Update whenever necessary.
4.Back-up your data regularly to avoid losing crucial information.
5.Remove unnecessary files or data to free up disk space.

All these steps are necessary if you have your own server. It’s true that having your own server could help boost a lot of your IT processes, but just make sure to decide which type is ideal for your work or business.

Find the best server for your needs here.