Working definition of a server
adriandwalker at gmail.com
Tue Apr 17 10:18:06 CDT 2012
Yes, but first the machine has to start by itself after a power outage.
Most machines sold as "servers" do this. Most others just sit there
waiting for someone to push the power button.
Cheers, -- Adrian
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On Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 10:01 AM, Brent Kimberley <Brent.Kimberley at durham.ca
> The post-outage response is generally a configure-able parameter -
> addressed under categories such as:
> - CONOPS / Reliability / Operability / access / availability / capability
> / quality / redundancy / ease of use / use-ability / maintenance / OpEx /
> Fault Tolerance / environmental factors / contingency / etc.
> >>> Adrian Walker <adriandwalker at gmail.com> 17/04/2012 9:54 am >>>
> You may want a machine that restarts itself after a power outage, without
> the need for a human to press a button.
> HTH, -- Adrian
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> On Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 9:43 AM, Brent Kimberley
> <Brent.Kimberley at durham.ca>wrote:
> > You are correct.
> > - A person or thing that provides a service or commodity, in particular
> > - one that serves legal processes upon another
> > - a computer or computer program that manages access to a centralized
> > resource or service in a network.
> > ref(s): Oxford, Merriam-Webster, Dictionary.com
> > A server is typically subject to constraints.
> > Here are a couple examples: availability, access, authorization,
> > authentication, time, energy, heat, space, noise, demand, supply, logic -
> > exact / approximate, logic - analog/digital, logic - parallel/sequential,
> > communication - point 2 point and/or point 2 multi-point/ communication -
> > distribution and/or transmission / exchange / network / persistence /
> > latency / jitter, competition for scarce resources, capability, quality,
> > reliability, redundancy, form/fit/function, flexibility,
> > simplicity, ease of use, life-cycle / conops / specs / reqs / design /
> > verification / validation / training / manufacturing / logistics /
> > inventory / shipping / installation / configuration / usability /
> > / maintenance / upgrade / next-gen / decommission / replacement, fault
> > tolerance, environmental factors, contingency, resource allocation,
> > CapEx/OpEx, cost/benefit/value, etc.
> > >>From: James Bensley <jwbensley at gmail.com>
> > >>Don't be fooled into thinking a "server" is a special thing you have
> > >>to buy from a hardware vendor. A 10,000ft view would be that a
> > >>"server" is a purpose built computer, usually higher power than a
> > >>typical desktop machine.
> > >>
> > >>You can build any old computer and start spinning up virtual machines
> > >>on it, running your favourite operating systems, you don't have to buy
> > >>a "server" per se.
> > >>
> > >>Another option to consider is something cloud based.
> > >>
> > >>Just my two pence, good luck!
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