Nothing embarrassing about that question, Dan.  A database server serves 
database records.  This is probably what you think of as a "server".  It gets 
requests to retrieve a record, update a record, add a record, to a relational 
database.

A file server, on the other hand, moves files around.  Like HTML files or GIF 
files or PDF files.  These are not relational, and the file is moved in its 
entirety.  This is what LAN servers do, and it's something that Unix is 
particularly good at.

Joe

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: D.BALE@handleman.com
Reply-To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2001 12:23:00 -0400

>At the high risk of jumping into this volatile thread and of potentially
embarrasing myself, could someone please distinguish how a file server is
different than a database server?

Spending the bulk of my career on the IBM midrange, I have used "database" and
"file" interchangably.  Only more recently have I come to understand (correct
me if I'm wrong) that the AS/400 has one "database", DB2/400 or whatever IBM
has renamed it to, and that we have thousands of data "files" of the physical
and logical variety.

Dan Bale
IT - AS/400
Handleman Company
248-362-4400  Ext. 4952
D.Bale@Handleman.com
  Quiquid latine dictum sit altum viditur.
  (Whatever is said in Latin seems profound.)
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