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    Default WAS Hosting etc

    Hi,

    I know that this topic has been discussed many times, but I remain confused. I would very much appreciate some advice.

    For over ten years I have hosted my website on a small PC/server in my office. Web traffic is currently very low and it works fine, apart from the occasional 'blue screen of death' on the server. I am very used to the WAS and updating my website etc. I note that a few people don't use the Alpha WAS, but I am very comfortable with it, indeed I have zero experience anywhere else.

    However, I now want publish two additional websites on separate URL's. Can I do this on the same server, or do I need separate servers?

    Can I do it all through one broadband line with one router, or do I need separate routers and broadband feeds etc?

    Also, do I need to purchase an additional WAS licence for each website?

    Finally, after many years, I am considering upgrading my WAS server - and maybe partitioning the hard drive for each website?? Apart from a quality PSU, can you please advise me on what the best server spec would be - I am keen to avoid the opposite to 'always up'!

    Would RAID be an advantage, and if so, which configuration? Or would it be better to run two servers side by side, with Always Up? (As you can see, I have no idea what I'm talking about, but I do tend to follow instructions pretty well. :-)

    Or should I just give in and migrate to Zebra? The ongoing costs as well as my lack of understanding put me off of this route. Over the last ten years my internal hosting has worked pretty well and has cost me zilch.

    Thank you for your interest and I look forward to your advice.

    Kind regards,

    Larry

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    Default Re: WAS Hosting etc

    Hi Larry, how about using the Alpha Cloud? It is designed exactly for what you are doing...and then some! We have Alpha Cloud sub accounts by the way which can help reduce the cost if you are interested. I would talk with Alpha first and then if it's a bit too pricey....contact me directly.

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    Hi Larry,

    To serve multiple sites (different baseurl) you need a server that can handle virtual hosting. Unfortunately Alpha WAS does not have this feature. However you can bypass this limitation if you can have multiple static iPs in your office but this is normally not possible .But if it is in your case possible the just run and bind different Alpha instances to separate IPs.

    But you can serve multiple different web sites with just on IP if you use different port for each website and you run multiple Alpha was instances in different ports. But then your url is something like mysite.com:44 and othersite.com:55 and just one site can have syntax like thissite.com (no port).

    Another option is use a reverse proxy in front of your Alpha WAS instances.


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    Thanks for the advice Sean. I have contacted Alpha as you advised. I will let you know how I get on.

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    Thanks Kenneth. I will research the reverse proxy idea as it is something I don't currently have any understanding of. Meanwhile, the Alpha Cloud had somehow passed me by - I guess I must live under a stone or something similar; is that not a solution that you would recommend?

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    Hi Larry

    There are some good options available, happy to have a phone conversation if you like.

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    I use my own Load Balancer to redirect traffic based on domain. For example, iadn.com and alphatogo.com are on the same server. IADN is load balanced across three Alpha instances and AlphaToGo on just one instance.

    Here is the load balancer: https://iadn.com/store.a5w?item=loadbal
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    Default Re: WAS Hosting etc

    Thanks for your input Steve. I am now reading your Help guide on the Load Balancer. It certainly is an option and another one that I wasn't aware of.

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