Server Software

All about software for various servers

A server is simply a computer that's been optimized to fulfill a specific purpose; thus, server software helps your specially designed computer fill that purpose to the best of its ability. The type of server software you may need depends entirely on what you use your server for; common types of servers include mail servers, SQL servers, proxy servers, media servers and FTP servers.

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You can also get server software that's uniquely designed for alternative operating systems. Linux server software is an example; Ubuntu server software is another. (Ubuntu is a Linux-based platform designed for enhanced usability.) Because a server crash can cause major network problems, it is highly recommended that you supplement it with security software and data backup measures.

Server Software for Specific Applications

Here's a closer look at the different types of server software and how it improves the performance and security of various server applications:

  • Mail server software. Internet message handling services (MHS) are used to transfer a high volume of email messages from one computer to another, or route email from a sender to a receiver. These computers require specialized mail server software to administrate the hosting and relay of the thousands upon thousands of messages passing through the system on a daily basis.
  • SQL server software. Microsoft's SQL server software uses the T-SQL and ANSI SQL query languages to operate its SQL relational model database servers. SQL server software is used for a wide range of buffer management, usage and data logging, data transmission and concurrency applications.
  • Proxy server software. Proxy servers are used in networks to act as go-betweens, facilitating client requests for information, applications and services that are stored on other servers, either inside or outside the network. The main purpose of proxy server software is to organize, manage and streamline these requests as well as the data streams passing between the external servers and the proxy servers, as well as the proxy servers and the end users.
  • Media server software. A media server is usually optimized with massive amounts of storage space for holding data-rich files; they may also have premium video cards and sound cards that greatly enhance the quality of the media playback. Media server software facilitates a wide range of applications, from transcoding various media formats on the fly to transferring data at high download rates.
  • FTP server software. All file transfer protocol applications are built using a client-to-server relational model, and if you're on the Internet, you're using FTP to access, exchange, save and alter data and files. FTP server software administrates a wide range of functions, from mail and data streams to remote access.