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A tower server is a computer that is built in an upright cabinet that stands alone and that is designed to function as a server. The cabinet is known as a tower, and multiple tower servers can work simultaneously for different tasks and processes. Tower servers are popular owing to the scalability and reliability features since unlimited servers can be added to the existing network largely because of the independent nature of the individual tower servers.
Tower servers support most basic applications such as system management, file management, print collaboration, ER applications, distribution and system security.
There are certain advantages in using tower servers. A tower server is robust and simple in nature. As overall component density is low, easier cooling is possible in tower servers. Possible damage, overheating or downtime can thus be prevented. The scalability factor is high in tower servers, and it is much easier to add servers to a simple network, leading to adaptable integration. Again, the maintenance factor is less when compared to other designs. Easy identification both on the network and physically is possible in tower servers as the data are usually stored in a single tower and not across various devices.
The cabling involved in tower servers can be complicated, and several tower servers in a single location could be noisy due to the fact that each tower might need a dedicated fan. An individual monitor, mouse or keyboard is required for each tower server, or a keyboard, video and mouse (KVM) switch needs to be available for managing devices using a single set of equipment. Again, in comparison to blade servers or rack servers, tower servers could be more bulky.