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What Is A Server?

A computer which runs a server program and connects to a number of computer over a network is called a server.  CPU speed is not normally critical to a server, but high I/O throughput and fast network connections are important.

Many servers utilise hardware redundancy, which means that more than one power supply or hard drive is used in case one fails (raid servers). The hard drive in a server is typically faster with a larger storage capacity than a stand-alone machine.

Servers are often rack-mounted and situated in server rooms, which is more convenient and it also restricts access for security.