Workstations vs. Servers: Requirements, functionality, hardware

Workstations vs. Servers: Requirements, functionality, hardware

One factor that IT professionals must consider when building a server is whether that server should be simply server software installed on regular hardware; server software installed on server hardware; or regular software installed on server hardware.

  1. What are the differences between workstation software and server software?
  2. Windows workstations all have elements of server software built-in. What are these elements, and why is the Windows Professional OS not considered a server?
  3. Similarly, the Windows server OS can run regular workstation applications such as MS Office or Adobe Photoshop. Why is this a bad idea? Can you find a situation where it might be appropriate?
  4. What exactly makes server hardware so valuable/expensive? What feature requirements drive the server market?
  5. What (if any) are the same feature requirements that might be found in server software/OS environments?

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