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What Does A Server Do

Published: January 12, 2016

For many company managers, the first question when upgrading a network is “what does a server do?” And the simple answer is – just about anything a company needs from their network. As a business grows and adds more people to its ranks, relying on peer to peer connections becomes a liability. Direct connections from one workstation to another are susceptible to security risks, and they are inefficient and unreliable. It’s an untenable situation eventually, and the best alternative is bringing in a dedicated network resource manager. That’s what this hardware offers.

So, what does a server do, exactly? It manages and delegates the company’s network resources, connecting all of the company’s devices together and making quick communication possible between users. In most cases, the hardware is used to host applications that the client device executes, so users can work in resource-intensive software more easily. And because the hardware is managed and controlled from a single location, it’s easier to keep the network secure from outside interference. That means fewer security holes to exploit.

The equipment’s redundancy measures are also a major benefit for companies to take advantage of. Most hardware is produced with multiple processors, hard drives, power sources and cooling systems, so it can tolerate technical faults without going down. And with RAID technology, there is often no interruption in the network.

Losing data and inefficient data management can cripple a business of any size. But with a robust datacenter, these issues are a thing of the past.