Server software is a type of software that is designed to be used, operated and managed on a computing server. It provides and facilitates the harnessing of underlying server computing power for use with an array of high-end computing services and functions.

Server software is primarily built to interact with a server’s hardware infrastructure, including the processor, memory, storage, input/output (I/O) and other communication ports. Depending on the type or usage of the server, server software may be classified into various forms, such as the following:

  • Web server software
  • Application server software
  • Database server software
  • Cloud computing server software
  • File server software

Each of the above types of server software utilizes the server for different functions and services, but all focus their primary objective on using inherent computer capacity and resources. Moreover, server software may be for a physical or virtual/cloud server built on a physical server.

Windows server 2008 , 2012, 2016 – a version of windows 7- 10 fine tuned to act as a server, it has some additional tools such as server manager etc.

Similarly for linux

CENT OS – opensource distribution of linux operating system

RHEL – red hat enterprise linux , same as cent os but optimized and has some additional functions which helps to use it as a server


Server software on the other hand is the software which enables this operating system to act as a server


Web server softwares




App server softwares




DB server softwares



Just have classified web,app,db servers for understanding there are many more types like email server softwares and all

You can install web, app, db any combination on a single machine with a single server OS

Depending on the requests and patterns it receives it can act as web, app , db or any other server