What Is the difference between a Managed Application Server and Managed File Server?

  • Posted By: Techtron

Depending on the type of business you have, there are different types of servers to cater to your business requirements. There are different types of servers to consider including a managed application server, catering for web applications; as well as a managed file server, offering shared storage of computer files, like documents, images, databases and graphics.

Managed Application Server

In a technical sense, a server is the essence of a computer program, which accepts and responds to requests made by another program or client. Servers manage network resources. Users may set up a server to send and receive emails, host a website, control access to a network and manage print jobs.  Most networks need a common pool of corporate information to be available to most or all the network users.

Application Sever

An application server is a framework where applications can run, no matter what functions they perform or what applications they are. Application servers can be used to run web based applications and there are various types of application servers including Java, PHP and .Net.

Application servers provide a number of advantages. With a more centralised approach to upgrades and updates to applications, application servers provide data and code integrity, as well as security by controlling and centralising the management of data access and authentication processes.  These include accounting software, time management software, legal applications and HR applications.

File Server

A file server is a computer responsible for the central storage and management of data files, allowing other computers on the same network to access the files. The file server allows users to share files and information over the network without having to physically transfer the files by means of a storage device.

File servers allow more control, by allowing unlimited access to users who are required to share resources in a department, but also restrict access to those users who do not have the permission to access these types of files. In a sophisticated network, a file server may also act as remote storage, allowing anyone on the network to store and access necessary files. This assists with productivity, should a user’s PC stop working, they are able to access their necessary files from any other computer on the network, allowing a seamless flow of productivity.

There are risks involved with having servers, such as the potential threat of malware and viruses, however with a managed server, regular and frequent updates are run to ensure the security of your files and keep prying eyes away from your privileged information.

Having a managed server saves you time to run your business and continue with the operations. Your time can be better spent on working on what matters most to you, and leaving the technical IT issues to be effectively managed by your service provider.

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