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1. WO2003019902 - PROCEDE ET SYSTEME FOURNISSANT UN SERVICE WEB AU MOYEN D'UNE PLURALITE DE DOMAINES WEB PAR L'INTERMEDIAIRE D'UNE ADRESSE IP INDIVIDUELLE

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CLAIMS

1. A method for providing a Web service by a plurality of Web domains hosted by a computer, through a single IP address, comprising:
a) For each of said domains, allocating a server having a unique domain name and said IP address, for providing said service;
b) Providing a wrapper, being a software module for intermediating between a client of said service and said servers via a dedicated protocol, and via a standard protocol for communicating with each of said severs; c) Upon receiving a request for connecting said chent to the one of said servers in order to provide said service:
(i) Identifying the target domain name of said request by interacting between said client and said wrapper via said dedicated protocol;
(ii) Interacting between said wrapper and the server providing said service which is associated with said target domain name by said standard protocol;
(iii) Establishing a communication channel between said server and said chent; and
(iv) Allowing said server to provide said service to said client.

2. A method according to claim 1, wherein said dedicated protocol comprises a command for identifying the user and the domain.

3. A method according to claim 2, wherein the domain name is separated from the user name by one or more non-acceptable characters in the user name as defined by said protocol.

4. A method according to claim 3, wherein said Web service is FTP and the domain name phrase is "user%domain" or "domain%user", in which "user" is the user name, "domain" is the domain name, and "%" is the non-acceptable character(s).

5. A method according to claim 1, wherein said Web services are chosen from among HTTP, FTP, POP3, SMTP, MIRC, Telnet, SSH, Rtelnet, and Shell.

6. A method according to anyone of claims 1 to 5, wherein each of said Web domains refer to a different Virtual Dedicated Server.

7. A method according to any one of claims 1 to 6, wherein said computer system is a Unix-based system, any dialect of Unix, Solaris, Linux (Red Hat, Debian, SuSE, FreeBSD, etc.), AIX, HP/UX, Tru64, and Irix.

8. A method according to claim 1, wherein some or all of said server(s) are replaced by hard links.

9. A system for providing a Web service to a client by a plurality of Web domains hosted by a computer, through a single IP address, comprising:
A server for providing said service, for each of said domains;
A wrapper, for intermediating between said client and said servers, such that communicating with said client is carried out via a dedicated protocol, and communicating with said server is carried out via standard protocol.