server farm

Web Farm: the server farm

A web farm is a set of servers (or server farm), usually managed by an organisation that provides server-functionality services with capabilities far beyond those of a single computer.

What is it used for?

They are large sites in which the climate is kept under control by means of security tools, and are inhabited by only thousands of computers, which require a large amount of energy to run and to keep them at the correct temperature so that they do not overheat.

Essential Features

For optimal performance, a server farm carries hug costs, both financial and environmental. These server clusters often also have backup servers, which can take over the function of primary servers in the event of a failure of the primary servers. They are typically connected with network switches and/or routers that enable communication between the different parts of the cluster and between the cluster users.

Server farmers

Server farmers (i.e. employees of a server farm) typically mount the computers, routers, power supplies, and all related electronic parts on 19-inch racks in a server room or data centre. Compared to the amount of computers in a ‘server farm’, the personnel involved is usually very limited.

One of the services offered by this cluster, and also one of the most used, is hosting.

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