Application server


<software> A designer's or developer's suite of software that helps programmers isolate the business logic in their programs from the platform-related code. Application servers can handle all of the application logic and connectivity found in client-server applications.

Many application servers also offer features such as transaction management, clustering and failover, and load balancing; nearly all offer ODBC support.

Application servers range from small footprint, web-based processors for intelligent appliances or remote embedded devices, to complete environments for assembling, deploying, and maintaining scalable {multi-tier} applications across an enterprise.


<software> Production programs run on a mid-sized computer that handle all application operations between browser-based computers and an organisation's back-end business applications or databases.

The application server works as a translator, allowing, for example, a customer with a browser to search an online retailer's database for pricing information.


<hardware> The device on which application server software runs.

Application Service Providers offer commercial access to such devices.

Citrix Application Serving White Paper (

Application Server Sites, a list maintained by Vayda & Herzum (

The Application Server Zone at DevX, (

TechMetrix Research's Application Server Directory, (}.

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