guideline for name-based web hosting justification

Ron Hensley ronh at INTERCOM.NET
Mon Sep 11 20:27:16 EDT 2000

Couldn't this be implemented on the WWW server however? With NT's IIS for
example, or Apache
under any platform you can of course have 1000 WWW domain sites all sharing
one IP Address
bound to the NIC Card. While some monitoring software my only look at the ip
addresses and thus cant differentiate,
the WWW server itself sorts the connections based, not on the IP Address,
but rather on the content in the packets.
More to the point, on the URL being requested.

Based on that, each WWW site generates its own unique log files for that
Thus software can be written to total the byte counts of the hits to that
WWW site. WebTrends comes
to mind though it doesn't produce billing data of course.

Also any machine sitting on the network, like a firewall, that's gathering
statistics on bandwidth by IP Address
could just as easily inspect the data payload and generate statistics based
on that content of the given WWW site.
Yes I realize that would be processor intensive, however firewalls do that
now to look for attack signatures and the like.

To make it short, it sounds like your asking to use 30,000 ip addresses for
30,000 WWW sites, when you only
need one, because your software vendor has written bad billing software that
doesn't support virtual WWW hosts
sharing the same ip address.

Yes it would be nice if every toaster, watch, refrigerator, and virtual
domain could have its own ip address,
however were running out of ip space to get actual peoples computers online.

IPV6 will obviously help, but even then it seems a complete and utter waste
to use more then one ip address
per WWW server or even WWW Cluster, when its not necessary.

End Rant----

Ron Hensley  (ronh at CCNA #10082337
    Network Administrator - ICNet Internet Services

> I concur!
> We bill via bandwidth and we need a way to track usage over a period
> of time so we can bill for peak usage.
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