Well, in the recent past, the hosting industry facing many innovative changes to grab the attention of site owners and webmasters. Among such innovative methodologies, hosting a single website in multiple dedicated servers is the latest trend spreading among the business site owners especially those who own eCommerce websites.
Is it Possible to Host a Single Website in Multiple Dedicated Servers?
Well, this might be a million-dollar question for many business website owners. In the technical aspect, the answer would YES! However, it requires a significant modification in the servers.
If you are seeking direct answers for hosting a single website in multiple dedicated servers, then the answer would be Yes! It is possible. Nevertheless, it requires load balancing or cache infrastructure at the servers.
Here in this article, we are going to discuss the possibilities of hosting a single website on multiple dedicated servers.
What is Load Balancing?
It is a unique technique used by the host server admin to distribute the workloads uniformly across multiple servers so that the hosting server might get achieve network efficiency, reliability, and capacity.
In general, this load balancing technology can be done either by physical or in a virtual manner. To be frank, a physical or virtual manner of implementing load-balancing technology will determine based upon what the client can get best from the pool of servers.
Why Load Balancing Technology?
As discussed earlier, load balancing is the process of distributing workloads across multiple nodes/servers. Here are the few strong reasons that elaborate on the necessity of implementing load-balancing technology in your web hosting.
- Load balancing technology intelligently distributes the website traffic to a single IP across multiple host servers. A load balancer carried by using various protocols.
- Load balancing is the most effective solution for keeping a website to perform better; even it receives a heavy amount of traffic.
- It also reduces the site down timing because of server disk fails. Since, load balancing offers multiple server disks, site data stored in more than one disk at a time.
- The load balancer maximizes the network capacity and improves site performance. Owing to that that, a site might gain popularity among the potential users.
When to use Load Balancing?
In today’s modern hosting industry, a load balancing technology is typically used for handling the heavy HTTP traffic of a single website with the aid of multiple servers connected as a web front-end. Here are the two most common situations where you supposed to use load balancing on your host server.
- Reduce the Server Failover and Server Redundancy: Well, if you are experiencing frequent disks failure on your host server, then it is time to make use of the load balancing technology. The load balancer manages your site data on multiple nodes to balance heavy traffic if any hardware/software failure occurs on one node means it will automatically redistribute the connection to other working nodes.
- Load Distribution: If your site gains popularity and starts growing tremendously then you must think of shifting your web hosting option or on the introduction of load balancing on your host server. To be frank, if site growth goes beyond the server configuration means it will increase the site downtime.
How to Implement Load Balancing?
A Load balancer can be implemented in 3 different ways, all those ways are described briefly in the below section.
1. Using DNS Round Robin Method
By adding two more ‘A’ records in DNS and pointing the same domain with the various IP addresses, you can able to implement the Load Balancing technology on your host server. The entire process would be carried based on the round-robin method.
2. Using HA Proxy or Nginx
In this method, load balancer checks the most available server from your multiple dedicated servers and picks the one. Under this method, the load balancer will ignore the server, which is down, and you can configure it to avoid pinging the server, which is busy.
3. Using Cloudflare
Well, this one works by utilizing the cache of your site files depending upon types of the server and the cache preferences this method works fine. Moreover, it comes with a free package. If you avail it for the paid package, it even works better.
Ashok Arora is CEO and Founder of eWebGuru a leading web hosting company of India. He is a tech enthusiast with more than 25 years of experience in Internet and Technology.
Ashok is Master in Electronics from a leading Indian university.
Ashok loves to write on cloud, servers, datacenter, virtualisation technology.