Servers and workstations are completely different from each other and have different purposes. A server is dedicated hardware and software that receives the client's request and also responds to it.

On the other hand, a workstation is a client-side computer that accesses requests made to the LAN and switches the service, and responds to the requests made. In other words, a server provides services to a client while a workstation is a powerful computer between business, scientific, and engineering applications.


In this post, you will know -

  1. Server and workstation comparison chart
  2. Definition of server and workstation
  3. Significant differences between servers and workstations
  4. Conclusion

1. Server and workstation comparison chart

Comparison basis

The basic

Server-connected devices are used to deliver services to clients.

The purpose of a computer is to perform dedicated functions and perform features.


Is based on the Internet.

Business is based on engineering, multimedia productions, and engineering.


FTP server, web server, application server.

Video and audio workstation |

Operating System

Linux, Windows, Solaris Server.

Unix, Linux, Windows NT |




2. Definition of server

In networking, a device is used to handle network resources known as servers. For example, a file server is a computer to save files where users on the network can save and keep their files. Dedicated servers are only used to perform tasks that are already defined for the server. Unlike a normal computer, a dedicated server cannot execute multiple programs simultaneously.

In simple terms, we can define a server as a connected network that can provide data to more than one client simultaneously. The World Wide Web employs a client/server model that allows multiple users to access websites around the world. There are different types of servers such as application server, web server, mail server, proxy server, FTP server, etc.

For example, a web server is a type of server that is used to establish communication with clients with the help of HTTP protocols.

Definition of workstation 

A workstation is a computer that functions as a stand-alone system. Earlier they used to function similarly to a personal computer but are now more capable and faster than that. It was developed for users of the Unix operating system. In addition, the Unix operating system is also known as the workstation operating system. The main application of workstations is in the commercial sector rather than in personal or home use. Initially, Hewlett Packard, Sun Microsystems, IBM, and DEC companies have developed workstations.

The workstation concept is mainly implemented in small engineering, graphics designing, and architecture companies and organizations. Where fast microprocessors, RAM, high-speed graphics are required.

3. Significant differences between server and workstation

  • A server is a device or computer that functions inside a network and that stores data and also manages network resources. In contrast, a workstation is a computer that provides very fast and accurate graphics, high performance, high scalability as well as ISV certification.
  • The server works on Internet-related applications such as communicating with clients, responding to their requests, and providing the client's required content. In contrast, workstations are used in commercial wide applications such as digital content creation, mechanical computer-aided design, architectural design, and detailed analysis.
  • There are various forms of server like FTP, web, application, mail, proxy, telnet server, etc. In contrast, workstations are assigned a specific task. For example, there may be video, audio, CAD / CAM workstations that are specifically designed for particular tasks.
  • Servers work on Linux, Windows, Solaris operating systems while workstations work on Unix, Lines, Windows NT operating systems. Workstations also employ special types of software developed by ISV (Independent Software Vendors) that are developed specifically for workstations.
  • The workstation works with the Graphics User Interface (GUI) while the GUI is optional in the server.


The server performs several tasks at the same time and the server needs to have multiple connections simultaneously while the workstation does not need to do so. It only performs application-specific functions and can also be used as a stand-alone device.


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