In our “What the Tech” series, Jay Norris explains high-tech lingo in simple terms. Today Jay describes the building block of a lot of IT discussions, the “server.”
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"In this series, I’ll be explaining a lot about server concepts. But first, let’s break down a “server” into its most basic function. A server is nothing but a powerful computer, combined with a special operating system that allows it to serve
the users in your business with multiple functions. Now those functions could be shared files, printers, applications, email and a lot more.
You may be thinking, “If a server can do all these things, we could just use a single server to host everything for our business.” Well, not necessarily. The more you load on to a server, the slower that server is going to run and the worse it’s going to perform. More importantly, if everything is running on a single server, if that server were to fail, then everything in your business will fail until your business is back up.
That’s why we like to split functions up across multiple servers and give each server a dedicated use, such as an email server, an application server, a printer server and so on."