04/03/21

What is a server? 

Information! We all want to access it in today’s hi-tech world quickly and easily but where is it stored and how do we get at it?

Mobile devices like phones, tablets, PCs and laptops have become as familiar to us in our daily lives as a trip to the shops – providing all the information we need instantly at our fingertips. But you’re probably not so aware of the role of a server and where it fits into the overall scheme of things.

Big and powerful

A server is a big powerful computer that communicates with other computers. It stores all the information you are looking to access on your mobile device. It doesn’t have a keyboard or screen like your phone, tablet, PC or laptop but stores all the data associated with websites and shares that with you when you type in your request.

The server:

  • Acts like a library for files and programs
  • Holds data 
  • Houses the all-important backup system
  • Controls the IT in a business
  • Stores and accesses information centrally and efficiently
  • Is often seen as the most important part of the network

There are several types of servers, including mail, virtual and web, servicing other computers through a Local Area Network or Wide Area Network. 

The difference between a PC and a server  

Servers are often a dedicated system – meaning they perform nothing other than server tasks, whereas your desktop computer system typically runs a user-friendly operating system and desktop applications to deal with desktop oriented tasks.  

Put simply, it means when you enter a request in your internet browser, your computer links with a server hosting that website. The information then comes back for you to view on the screen on your mobile device.

Our team at PC Net is working with clients to keep businesses running successfully by configuring and monitoring logging and analysing reports on servers. These include reports detailing the success or failure of backup protocols, anti-virus software updates, incidents of high memory usage and processor activity which may indicate underlying problems.

To find out how we can help you, give the team a call on 01743 290588.