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I have a single machine that I use to host multiple websites with virtual hosts (lighttpd webserver), I can't say I am in a professional environment as I am hosting mainly for small websites and projects.

Eventually, the resources of a single machine will not be enough to cover the requests amount and I will need to add another one to my network.

What is a common technique to route the requests to the right server? It is a really simple structure, visually imagine it like this:

SERVER X
  website A (vhost)
  website B (vhost)
  website C (vhost)
SERVER Y
  website D (vhost)
  website E (vhost)
  website n (vhost)
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Assuming you never need to have a single site running on more than one server at a time, there's nothing stopping you from pointing the DNS entries for the sites in question at the correct server's IP address.

If you did need to have a single site running on more than one server at a time, then you'd probably want to consider either a load balancer or setting up your DNS as a Round-Robin. The former is definitely preferred - but worry about that when you need it, if you need it.

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The thing is that all the servers in the network resolve to only one external address, forgot to mention that in the question. –  john smith Nov 6 '12 at 14:18
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@johnsmith You'll have to get more IP addresses, then. –  Michael Hampton Nov 6 '12 at 14:27

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