What is an FTP server?
An FTP (File Transfer Protocol) Server is an ordinary computer with the FTP server software installed. With the help of FTP server software, the server can provide an FTP service that allows clients to download and upload files from the server.
The physical server can be stored somewhere in your company with a connection to your company's local network that makes employees can share files. You can also connect the FTP server to the internet (This action may pose a security risk), so the employees can access the data stored on the server from any location at any time. The following picture illustrates various FTP Clients (PC and Mobile) connecting to the same FTP Server over the different networks (LAN and Internet).
What can FTP server software do?
In addition to providing basic file transfer service, FTP server software usually also offers the following advantages.
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