Physical and Virtual Server Types in a Network

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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Types of Physical and Virtual Servers

Types of Servers by Physical Principles

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Physical Servers

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).

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Virtual Servers

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.

Types of Servers in Computer Network by Purposes

According to a goal for server-like units of a network, the computer server (physical or virtual) can belong to one of such types:

  • File server: designed for storing user files and folders in a network (including backup files).
  • Application server: provides client access to some network-oriented application (i.e. an IDE).
  • Domain server: supports a logical domain (e.g. for websites) in a network.
  • Database server: a type of application server, operating with a network-oriented DBMS.
  • Communication server: provides communicative technologies such as email, firewall or VoIP.
  • Print server: allows printing files through a network.

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.

…and Why All These Types Have a Need for Backup?

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.

How Handy Backup Supports Different Types of Servers

Handy Backup contains the two server-oriented solutions, Small Business 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:

  • Plug-ins for hot backup of popular virtual server types including Hyper-V, VMware.
  • Backup plug-ins for data of all Windows server types: databases, websites, disk images.
  • Automated jobs with scheduling by time and by system events.
  • Built-in partition backup, time stamping, compression and encryption.
  • Other functions such as running external software along with a task, Linux backup etc.

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