What is a server

What is a server

A computer or computer program that manages access to a centralized resource or service in a network.


A network server is a computer designed to process requests and deliver data to other (client) computers over a local network or the Internet.

Network servers typically are configured with additional processing, memory and storage capacity to handle the load of servicing clients. Common types of network servers include:

  • FTP servers
  • online game servers
  • proxy servers
  • web servers
Numerous systems use this client / server networking model including Web sites and email services. An alternative model, peer-to-peer networking enables all computers to act as either a server or client as needed.