I came across sharding in MongoDB but did not get what exactly is it. What I understood is it's better to have more small servers than a huge one for data storage and when the data exceeds the capacity of one server you can use another machine to store data. Can anyone give some more idea about sharding?
In a database a shard is when you break up a set of data across multiple servers. So for example if you had users could you put those with a name starting with A-E on one, server, F - K on a second and so on. That way the load of dealing with the operations on those users will be broken up across several servers. The reason you want to do this is because it is possible that you have too many users to put them all on one machine. By doing this it is possible to scale the system as large as you need by just adding more shards. If everything was one one server then you would be limited in scale to how big a server you can buy.
Of course you don't really want to break it up by letters of the alphabet you would want to use something that would on average make each shard have an approximately equal share of the work, but that is a detail (If an important one)