What is a server?
A server is simply an application that processes requests. It may seem like a complex system, but understanding that it processes requests that the user/clients initiates, is the start to implementing a server.
For example, you write a memo on a word document and save it in a specific location. When you go to find and re-open the document, a server takes the request (finding the file) and answering it (opening the file). There are different types of servers, but their main purpose is to share resources and perform essential services across a network.
Why would my company use a server?
The main benefit of setting up this application based process is for security. By storing data and handling requests through one source, the integrity of the data is maintained. Furthermore, it helps keep the information organized and accessible as the company grows. Another benefit is that documents stored on a server can be accessed by multiple people. For example, if there is a specific legal document that is regularly updated you can save it on a specified network or location. That way, when multiple people need access to it, the correct version is always readily available. Similarly, if there are documents certain employees should not have access too, saving them on a secure network with special permissions in order to protect them. Want a more technical description? Read Dr. William Stalling’s explanation.
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