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A storage server is a type of server that is used to store, access, secure and manage digital data, files and services. It is a purpose built server used for storing and accessing small to large amount of data over a shared network or through the Internet.
A storage server may also be called a file server.
A storage server is typically less powerful than a standard server, but has more storage space, storage access interfaces and specialized data retrieval and management utilities. A storage server generally serves as a central point of access for data storage and access. Local client nodes and remote computers access the storage server through a GUI control panel and FTP or through programmatic API access by software and applications. It can be used for routine or frequently used data storage and access, or it can serve as a backup server for storing backup data.
A storage server is an integral part of direct attached storage (DAS), network attached storage (NAS) and other storage networking technologies.