Differences between The Rackspace Cloud Sites and a traditional web hosting environment

The following is a list of differences between a traditional hosting site and one from Cloud Sites

  1. More than one server serves a specific website's request. This is because the load balancing capability is made available to all websites. Depending on file extensions the load balancer directs traffic to appropriate servers.
  2. Sub-domains are treated as full websites.
  3. The operational architecture of Cloud Sites uses a caching mechanism for media content and .aspx requests. This means that some updates may not take effect right away.
  4. Databases needed to host a site are usually on different virtual machines and users can provision them with a click of a button through the control panel and need to provide the hostname and not localhost in the database connection string.
  5. Updating content using FTP is different in the sense that only certain directories are accessible and the ftp address is determined by Cloud Sites. An account holder cannot upload files to a client's directories.
  6. By default website statistics and raw logging is turned off. Users must explicitly enable it if needed. By default CGI, php and cron job task logs are written to the logs directory.

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