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What is a Server?
by John Anthony


A server is a computer running software that waits for requests from other computers known as clients. Your PC running a browser like Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox etc. is a client.

Clients may run on the same computer as the server or may connect to the server over a network. Most users connect through their ISP (internet Service Provider) to remote servers run by Google, Yahoo, Wikipedia and thousands of other organizations that serve web pages.

The server shares data or hardware resources among clients. Servers are categorized as database servers, file servers, mail servers, print servers, web servers, game servers, and application servers.

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