Sometimes you need to divide a single web site (with a single domain), placing parts of it on different
servers. This can be done very easily using OctaGate Switch.
The Path/Document Determine the Server
OctaGate Switch can use the path of
the HTTP request to determine which server to forward a HTTP request to. For instance,
www.Domain-A.com can be forwarded to one server,
www.Domain-A.com/shopping can be forwarded to another server, and www.a.com/support can be forwarded to a third server. This can
be very useful, if a certain service is available under Apache, but you prefer
another web server for the rest of your site(s).
Simple Load Balancing
This method can quite effectively be
used as a simple form of load balancing. You can place resource intense parts of
a web site on a separate server, leaving your main web site running nice and
For instance, if your regular web site contains static pages, you may not wish to mix that with your
active server pages, like a shopping site.
It can also be extremely useful if you
publish web services, and they need to be placed on different servers but
maintain a single consistent external address. See “SOAP web services
maintenance” for more information.