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    Site IP different from FTP IP

    So I was helping a friend of mine set up his wordpress on his pair.com webhosting account when i realized the FTP IP is different from the IP the domain resolves to.
    Assuming the two IP's are not on the same box, how did they achieve this?
    Is it some clustered environment or a cloud environment?

    Just curious to how this would be set up. The IP's are completely different.

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    Probably some sort of distributed service architecture using NetApps or similar for file storage.

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    Could be clustered as well. Netfirms does the same, they use gateway boxes for SSH/FTP.
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    It can be easily explained by the fact that the FTP server is attached to the same storage array that the server that actually hosts the domain name. So when you FTP the content, the FTP server drops in /storage/app/user1/domain/public_html. The domain server has /storage/app/user1/domain/public_html mounted on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coax View Post
    So I was helping a friend of mine set up his wordpress on his pair.com webhosting account when i realized the FTP IP is different from the IP the domain resolves to.
    Assuming the two IP's are not on the same box, how did they achieve this?
    Is it some clustered environment or a cloud environment?

    Just curious to how this would be set up. The IP's are completely different.
    A box can handle FTP on one completely different IP than it serves HTTP.

    C-Class Hosting (SEO Hosting) is a perfect example of that.

    If you tell us the two IP's, we can tell you if its the same box for the most part.

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    Absolutely different ip-addresses can be easily used on one box, this is not a big deal

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    This is a desirable thing if the web service is on a different server than the ftp and file storage services.

    If the services are on the same server its just that one IP is configured for port 21 (ftp) and another to port 80 (http)

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