A server is a computer designed to process requests and deliver data to another computer over the internet or a local network. Although any computer running the necessary software can function as a server, for businesses, it is recommended to base line of business software on a high-powered, more resilient device to ensure its capable of pushing and pulling data to and from the Internet and across its own network.
Most computer networks support one or more servers that handle specialized tasks. As a rule, the larger the network in terms of clients that connect to it or the amount of data that it moves, the more likely it is that several servers play a role, each dedicated to a specific purpose.
Strictly speaking, the server is the software that handles a specific task. However, the powerful hardware that supports this software is also usually called a server because server software coordinating a network of hundreds or thousands of clients requires hardware much more robust than what you’d buy for ordinary consumer use.
Albacore can build, configure and manage any size of server tailored to your business needs. We have a wealth of experience with on-premise servers as well as hosted solutions so we can recommend the best option for your circumstances.