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file server

A high-speed computer in a network that stores the programs and data files shared by users. It acts like a remote disk drive. The difference between a file server and an application server is that the file server stores the programs and data, while the application server runs the programs and processes the data. See database server.

database server

A computer in a network that is dedicated to database storage and retrieval. It holds the database management system (see DBMS) and the databases. Upon requests from the client machines, it searches the database for selected records and passes back the results.

A database server may be part of a file server that also houses applications and non-database files; however, the term generally implies a server that provides only database functions. See database.

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