Multi-Data Center Clustering: The Evolution of Web Hosting

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Websites crash for many reasons, but you can boil it down to one thing: addiction.

For us, addiction is a major cause of tension and anxiety. Think about it: if you start craving something – security, reassurance, validation, dopamine, freedom, money – your attention sticks to it. What if you can’t get it? You tense up and your mood changes.

Luckily, websites don’t suffer like humans. However, their response to uncertainty and instability is inherently similar.

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The current web hosting model typically depends on a single lane of data and power flow. And when that path is not available, websites crash.

Multi-datacenter clustering is the solution to this anxious and outdated model. We’re talking about an affordable way to get the best possible performance, reliability, and freedom, whether you’re a start-up or a large enterprise.

The current web hosting model

Web hosting is a service that allows you to share your website with the world. It’s like having an apartment where you can store all your stuff — you’re paying for the privilege of living there, and it’s up to you to use it for as long as you want.

The current web hosting model typically hosts multiple websites on one physical server. This is called shared hosting.

The main advantage of this type of hosting is that it is very economical and easy to manage. However, if you have a lot of websites or high traffic, you may quickly outgrow this type of plan.

Disadvantages of this model

The following downsides ultimately lead to higher bounce rates, less time on page, lower click-through rates, and other symptoms of a poor user experience.

Slow load times

Slow loading time is the main concern of a web hosting customer. If your pages don’t load within 3-4 seconds, it can easily lead to a decrease in visitors and revenue.

However, it’s not just about slow pages. Slow response times can also cause serious problems for business owners looking to establish a successful brand.

The reason for slow page loads on a shared server is pretty logical: multiple websites are draining the same pool of resources, and yours might not be getting enough. Even if your server is not running under heavy load, an increase in your traffic can easily cause slowdowns.

Lack of security

Web hosting is inherently vulnerable to all kinds of attacks. This doubles if you run a business venture. Any professional attack can easily render your website dysfunctional, causing long downtime until the hosting provider fixes the security flaw, diagnoses the damage, and resolves the vulnerability. And every second of downtime can lead to devastating results.

Inflexible Hosting Plans

Lack of flexibility in hosting plans is a common problem that many people face, especially when they are new to building websites. While you can always upgrade your account, shared offers are pretty fixed and you can’t add more resources on the go.

Data Center Downtime

Website downtime is often caused by losing connectivity to hosting servers for an extended period of time. A variety of issues, including power outages, natural disasters, and human error, can be to blame. A data center outage can also occur when a network connection fails due to hardware or software malfunction.

In such cases, it is essential to have backup systems in place so that your business does not suffer from any downtime.

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What is multi-datacenter clustering?

Multi-datacenter clustering ensures high availability of websites and applications by hosting your data in two or more separate physical locations. Your site’s availability is no longer tied to a particular route, and with a bit of smart programming, you can also choose the optimal connection and distribute your incoming traffic so that none of your servers experience high load.

Even with the simplest multi-datacenter clustering configuration, you can achieve uninterrupted availability and excellent loading speeds.

How Multi-Data Center Clustering Solves Old Web Hosting Problems

As we all know by now, addiction can be a recipe for disaster.

Let’s take a closer look at how much more robust multi-data center clustering is compared to older web hosting methods.

Faster and more reliable connections

The primary benefit of multi-datacenter clustering is that it provides high availability for applications and services while increasing performance through redundancy.

In Internet terms, redundancy refers to having alternate routes that data can take between servers. If a path is unavailable, busy, or otherwise suboptimal, a failover switch automatically kicks in and data continues to flow smoothly.

Downtime becomes a problem of the past

With different copies of your data across multiple data centers, you always have full access to your web resources, regardless of disruptions.

Your web assets aren’t just stored either. Hot copies are always ready to use. They constantly react to any micro imbalances, delivering the seamless uptime we all crave.

Additionally, geographically unique data centers allow you to have redundant power, cooling, and network connections. This ensures a higher level of connectivity than if you were only using resources from a single location.

Scaling is quick and effortless

A single data center cluster is more than enough for high traffic websites. But if you want to serve more visitors, upgrading clusters and their abilities is as easy as flipping a switch.

You can start from the minimum configuration of five cluster nodes in one data center up to hundreds of nodes in multiple data centers around the world.

Using multiple locations allows you to scale up or down as needed based on user demand or how busy each site is at any given time. By clustering multiple data centers, you can easily serve different visitors from a location closest to them, which again improves your site performance.

Personalized and flexible plans

Even if an all-powerful, virtually immortal website has that uncompromising swagger, not everyone needs it. Sometimes a single data center cluster does the trick; or, maybe, you need to add a few more servers or load balancers for posterity.

You can add or remove features for a highly personalized plan, designed to best serve your online project.

New heights for web security

Hackers cannot easily break in as all sites are interconnected via high bandwidth networks such as fiber optic cables and the private lines of various internet service providers. Attacking every host will simply take too long and cost too much.

Additionally, most network administrators install firewalls between their systems and others, limiting access points to their networks and making them as impenetrable as possible.

In the event of a successful attack, emergency triggers can wipe out the compromised server without any consequences and stored copies of websites operate seamlessly, making it normal business.

Give your data the freedom to choose

Clinging to the past and worrying about the future are unhealthy habits for web hosting and our human experience.

Fortunately, changing data routing behaviors is infinitely easier than ascending to psychological peace and harmony.

Scala Hosting is a leader in the evolution of web hosting and offers multi-data center clustering in flexible monthly plans. It doesn’t take much to deal with the uncertainties your website may face.

Author Anthony Tait enjoys snorkeling and alone time in various jungles. Maybe it’s to balance hours spent at a desk studying all things content marketing and IT technology. Either way, he’s happy to help.

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