The different types of servers used in networking

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How many types of server are there in a general networking environment? What is the difference between  a 2 tier client server architecture and a 3 tier architecture? What are the major technologies used to create client server architecture? How is peer to peer networking model different from the client server architecture? What is a web server?


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The different types of servers used in networking

Hi Coury, 
As you have asked several questions, I have rearranged your questions in a linear format and responded accordingly. To lay the foundation for understanding, I will explain what is a network, server, and client, before answering your questions. In this modern day of cloud computing where large data are stored, a network (environment/infrastructure/architecture) is used to transfer data from one computer system to another. A network involves the connection of two or more computer systems: a server and a client.  A server is a computer that can manage heavy loads of data processing that may involve disk drives (file servers), constant communication (communications servers) or network traffic (network servers), etc. A client is a computer or workstation that depends on a server to perform operations and access resources, a client may be your personal handheld device accessing the iCloud or a workstation connected to the database for a large corporation.
There are 17 types of server that may be found in a general network which are as follows:
  1. Application server
  2. Catalog server
  3. Communications server
  4. Compute server
  5. Database server
  6. Fax server
  7. File server
  8. Game server
  9. Home server
  10. Mail server
  11. Mobile server
  12. Name server
  13. Print server
  14. Proxy server
  15. Sound server
  16. Stand alone server
  17. Web server
A web server -which is among the previous list of possible servers in a general network,  is a computer software or system that processes requests and distributes the results across the World Wide Web. This is done by way of a basic network protocol – called HTTP.
As it regards the architecture of a network, a 2 tier client server network only communicates data at two levels: i) client and ii) server. Whilst the 3 tier architecture manages data at 3 levels: i) client, ii) business, and iii) server. Both types of network architecture have its advantages and disadvantages. 
A peer-to-peer network (also known as P2P) is different from the client server network, because all computer systems in the network share equal processing responsibility, whereas the client server network have a “master and slave” set-up with designated systems to perform certain tasks. As a result, peer-to-peer networks are simpler and cannot efficiently process large quantities of data.


The major technologies involved in the creating a client server infrastructure, consists of computing platform and services, telecommunication services, Data management services, application software services, Physical facilities management services, IT management services, IT standard services, IT education services, and IT research & development services.
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The different types of servers used in networking



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There are many types of servers in general networking environment, some of them are:

• File server

• Print server

• Communications server

• Application server

• Database server

• Domain server

Difference between 2 tier and 3 tier client server architecture:

2 tier client server architecture:

In 2-tier architecture client and server are directly connected together.

3 tier client server architecture:

In 3-tier architecture, there is an intermediary server, its split into Client, Application server (middleware) and Database server

There are many technologies used to create client/server architecture:

• Star architecture

• Bus architecture

• Ring architecture

Difference between Peer to Peer and client server architecture:

In Peer to Peer networking there is no dedicated server or client anyone can act as a client or server as per required.

In Client Server architecture there are dedicated servers and clients, clients have their own reserved rights.

Web Server:

It is used to spread information on World Wide Web.


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