Types of Server in a Computer Network
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Types of servers in a computer network are highly different by purpose and by properties. A computer server may be a physical server, i.e. a machine, or belong to some of virtual server types (Hyper-V, VMware etc.). Handy Backup supports backup and recovery for all Windows server types.
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These servers are separate computer units or even clusters, equipped with their own hardware and external devices. Such types of server in a computer network provide a mainframe for communications, data storage and processing big arrays of information (see below).
This definition can contain some disambiguation. A virtual server means either a server-type OS running on a virtual machine of some type (for cloud computing, software testing or other purposes), or a physical device dedicated to run many virtual machines (a virtual machine array).
Note: Here, we are using the first definition of a virtual server (a virtual machine with server-type purposes and OS). We are considering the second type as physical servers for virtual machines.
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The Server Network is a network-oriented solution for complex infrastructure, which allows taking backups from different Linux and Windows server types in a network from a central console.
According to a goal for server-like units of a network, the computer server (physical or virtual) can belong to one of such types:
These are the subsections behind this main classification. For example, modern server storage types include NAS/SAN units (network drives), FTP/SFTP/FTPS file storages and cloud services. Virtual server types for databases are including bundle solutions for almost each DBMS even existed.
All types of server solutions are prone to network perils, such as hacking, theft, hardware malfunctions, viruses and ransomware. For big server-oriented projects, these perils can cause a loss of many millions of dollars, and the fastest way to protect you from a disaster is to take a regular remote server backup.
An advice: Do not rely on server backup scripts to make such important actions as complete or partial protection of your virtual or physical server data! Instead, utilize some dedicated server backup software (such as Handy Backup) to protect your server information.
Handy Backup contains the two server-oriented solutions, Small Server for one machine and Server Network for different computer server types in a single network infrastructure. Both solutions share all basic characteristics and capabilities for backing up and restoring different types of servers:
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