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					What are Application Servers?
I am assuming that “application servers” is simple enough to figure out what they do just by
analyzing the name. In any case, application servers are software programs or frameworks that
are designed to execute any kind of scripts or application (hence the name).

There are a couple of types of application servers differing in the platform that they are using:

      Java Application servers (one of the most common types of applications you can find on
       the internet)
      Zend platforms (used to manage PHP applications)
      Other platforms (such as Base4, Zope, Spring Framework)

Application servers have a very large number of advantages:

      Performance (the client-server model is able to improve performance because it limits the
       network traffic)
      Security (service providers can efficiently manage data and parts of the actual
       application)
      Centralized configuration (you can configure any aspect of the application centrally)
      Costs (total costs are significantly reduced because of the above mentioned benefits)

Application servers are very common (obviously) because any kind of application that is run on
the internet has to be run from such a server. These servers can even refer to a machine that runs
an operating system, even if this is not a very common usage of the term, it is still being used in
some situations.

Some people have asked if they can run several application servers on the same machine. This
largely depends on the resources the system has and on the type of applications that you want to
run. If you are trying to run a very demanding application you will probably need to limit the
number of application run on that server to one or two at most. By increasing the available
resources of the system you can also increase the number of application servers that can run at
any one time on the same machine.

In corporate networks each application server might be dedicated to a single application. The
reason is most of the time availability and security. it is easier for a network administrator to
troubleshoot a network issue if each application has dedicated places to do a test. Also there is no
central point of failure

				
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