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Get To Know Servers

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 10:14:23 AM Africa/Johannesburg

Get To Know Servers

Powerful & Reliable Servers

Understanding Servers:

Servers come in all shapes and forms, from HP’s mini Microserver to hyper-scale level servers with 4 CPUs in it packing in more than 1 Petabyte (1 000 Terabytes) and can perform a multitude of tasks for you. The servers can be used for hosting websites, data centers, operating systems, databases, machine learning, AI, video rendering, machine automation, etc., etc. The servers are also required to keep your systems up and running 24×7. The servers are the backbone of the Internet, the Internet wouldn't exist without servers everywhere.

Servers are dedicated computers for a specific purpose, and unlike the Desktop computer, these computers are made for durability, longevity, and for working long periods of time as compared to a desktop PC.

One of the main reasons why companies choose server hardware instead of normal desktop PC hardware such as a standard Intel Core i5 or Core i7 is because server CPUs support ECC memory. 

What is ECC memory you may ask?

ECC Memory (Error-correcting ram), means that the ram itself checks for errors and corrects them making the servers more reliable. The server ram comes in large amounts (up to 100GB or 128GB stick). 

What kind of errors does ECC solve?

An example of the errors that ECC can help solve are account errors, imagine you go to a doctor you get a bill for R12 800,00 instead of R1280,00

Another example in a professional setting would be an airplane designer running simulations and an error in the ram would give false information and say everything is okay, in this scenario, there are lives at stake, and this is one of the reasons why ECC memory is needed in servers.

Servers also have redundant power supplies meaning that if for some reason the main power supply dies, there is a secondary power supply in place that will kick in and power the server, eliminating downtime.

Different types of servers:


What is a micro server? A microserver (is a small-form-factor system-on-a-chip (SoC) server. These servers are less expensive and have less processing power than traditional enterprise-class rack servers. 

Tower servers:

A tower server is a computer intended for use as a server and built-in upright cabinet that stands alone. The cabinet, called a tower, is similar in size and shape to the cabinet for a tower-style personal computer. This contrasts with rack servers or blade servers, which are designed to be rack-mounted.

Rackmount servers:

The major benefits of using a rackmount server are increased utilization of space, increased management, and ease of access to the servers. A rackmount server system can allow for more server resources in a smaller space, which provides a great benefit in a data center. If you need a powerful server, a rackmount server system is a great option for you.

Blade Servers:

Blade servers are designed to provide the performance and reliability of larger servers in a smaller package, allowing for more compact data center designs. This smaller footprint takes up less space in the server room, making it easier for IT to manage its operations. Blade servers are used to connect multiple devices, both large and small, so there are business applications in every industry that can benefit from this technology.

Blade Enclosure:

There are many an aspect related to the term of blade enclosures, which can be described as – A rack or a space where the multiple servers are stored is known as blade enclosures. Blade servers are made up of multiple server blades, attached in individual slots within the enclosure. Generally, a blade enclosure provides power, cooling, networking, various interconnects, and management. Basically, to form a blade server, the different blade providers have differing principles around what should and should not be included in the blade itself (and sometimes in the enclosure altogether). Together these form the blade system.

Uses of Server Computer:

The servers can be used as:

Application server: 

Mainly provides the access to the applications to the user, eliminating the need to install a copy of the app on their respective PC. Example: -As a web application server, it can be a www server or a local server.

Catalog servers:

It keeps and maintains an index or table of content of information that can be accessed by other computers throughout the World Wide Web.

Directory servers and Name servers are some of the examples.

Computing Server:

This type of server shares its extensive amount of computing resources like CPU, Ram, and storage with its clients over a network.

Database server:

This type of server maintains a specific type of database that can be accessed by a user if the user has access to it. Example: – the database can be of books, videos, pictures, music, etc.

To summarise everything discussed:



It is designed for redundancy and non-stop working hours.

It is not designed for redundancy and longer working hours.

The hardware is expensive.

Hardware is not that expensive.

Uses specialized hardware only.

Does not use specialized hardware.

For different tasks, different servers are used. Example: – Email server, file server, etc.

A PC can be used for any number of tasks.


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