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Enterprise Server

Definition - What does Enterprise Server mean?

An enterprise server is a computer server that includes programs required to collectively serve the requirements of an enterprise instead of an individual user, unit or specific application. Traditionally, mainframe-sized computer systems were used as enterprise servers, although they weren't initially referred to as such. Due to their ability to manage enterprise-wide programs, UNIX-based servers as well as Wintel computers are also generally labeled enterprise servers. Some examples of enterprise servers include Sun Microsystems' servers with Linux or UNIX-based Solaris systems, IBM iSeries systems, Hewlett-Packard (HP) systems, and so on.

Techopedia explains Enterprise Server

Despite the fact that servers are made from commodity computer components, mission-critical enterprise servers are generally fault tolerant and make use of customized hardware and software with low failure rates to maximize server uptime.

An enterprise server provides consolidated connections, a choice of broadcast, TCP/IP or multicast, as well as user-defined tools for conflation and hibernation, resulting in improved network and desktop performance.

The key features of an enterprise server include:
  • Sensible Data Conflation and Hibernation: This leads to a decrease in desktop and network traffic by around 75 percent when compared with conventional data delivery methods
  • Connectivity: Supports managed network, private circuit, or Internet connections among redundant data centers and the main and remote sites.
  • Flexible Topology: Facilitates streaming data connections by means of UDP broadcast, TCP/IP and IP multicast technologies. This minimizes bandwidth demands and ensures compatibility with network policies.
  • IT Productivity: Allows organizations to make the most of limited IT resources
  • Manageability: Creates better control and manageability over devices
  • Enhanced Security Features: Better security ensures data integrity and confidentiality
  • Fault Tolerance: Enhanced fault tolerance results in maximum reliability
  • Productivity: Results in increased user productivity

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