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What is a server?

April 13th, 2009

A server is similar to your home computer. Like your home computer, servers have a hard drive, memory, CD-ROM/DVD-ROM, and a processor. Servers have a few other hardware components specifically designed for serving websites and web based applications on the Internet. Servers can be as powerful as your home computer, but are usually designed with more powerful components needed to run and maintain web based services.

Popular server brands and manufacturers

Like your home computer, servers are manufactured by leading companies such as Dell, HP, and IBM. Some servers are custom built using components manufactured from various brands. There is not a particular brand that’s better than the other, but hosting companies usually prefer one brand over another brand. Generally the brand of server is only important to customers if they plan on managing the server themselves.

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