Any computer that makes access to files, printing, communications, and other services available to users of the network. In large networks, a dedicated server runs a special network operating system; in smaller installations, a nondedicated server may run a personal computer operating system with peer-to-peer networking software running on top.
   A server typically has a more advanced processor, more memory, a larger cache, and more disk storage than a single-user workstation. A server may also have several processors rather than just one and may be dedicated to a specific support function such as printing, e-mail, or communications. Many servers also have large power supplies, UPS (uninterruptible power supply) support, and fault-tolerant features, such as RAID technology. On the Internet, a server responds to requests from a client, usually a Web browser.

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