Difference between a Server and Workstation

Let’s get to the basics. A server is dedicated hardware and software which generates proper response as per client’s requirements, whereas a workstation can be a client-side computer which requests access to the LAN and switch services and responds to the requests from the switch. In other words, a server provides services to the clients while workstations are moderately powerful computers popular among business, scientific and engineering applications.


A server is a hardware system or an application that performs defined services to another set of computers connected to it. In the client-server architecture, a server is a computer that awaits and fulfills requests from clients

Servers provide essential services across a network. These are services requested by either private users inside a large organization or public users via the Internet. Typical network server examples are database server, file server, print server, mail server, gaming server, web server and application server.


Workstations are computers built for industry standard computing functions. To obtain very high-performance additional hardware and software are installed on the workstation. Programmers, graphic artists, game programmers and designers, scientists, and others who require high-end computing capabilities to achieve results prefer a workstation rather than a server.

From a professional point of view, Workstation and their specialized graphic card/software drivers are typically designed and configured to deliver anything up to 5x faster performance, computational data integrity and accuracy and up to 8x faster computational simulation for a broad spectrum of design, animation and video rendering software applications.



A server performs several tasks simultaneously, supports multiple user login and request processing simultaneously, whereas, Workstation performs the application-specific task and capable to solve scientific and highly technical problems, while the server provides the services to the client connected to it. While planning your IT infrastructure keep in mind which one will the best fit to develop or run your application/software.