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How Cloud Website Hosting Operates

What is cloud hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' appears to be very modish in today's IT, Internet and web hosting lingo. Yet, just a few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very lengthy tale brief, we will firstly let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Data Storage Only.

1. Furnishing a remote disk storage service, which comprises one data storage tool for all users, does not convert any given web hosting distributor into an actual cloud hosting firm.

The cPanel hosting corporations dub the ability to deliver remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are talking about web hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for private or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting service, driven by a one-single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the remaining parts of the entire web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote data storage. The remaining services involved in the whole hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite hard. Very few hosting distributors can actually attain it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, Email Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage only. We are discussing a hosting service, serving multiple domain names, web pages, mail aliases, and so on, are we not?

To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than supplying plainly remote disk storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be devoted exclusively to the e-mail associated services. Performing nothing else than these particular assignments. There might be only one or maybe a whole group of email servers, depending on the total server load created. To have an actual cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Doing nothing different. The same is valid for the users' Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) too.

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting vendor will support multiple data center facility locations on different continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud hosting supplier:



If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting company, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you perceive a Domain Name Server such as the one underneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of DNS just indicates that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine is responsible for all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), website files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Definition of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not limited only to a remote disk storage service, as lots of web hosting service providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting providers would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, as they merely distribute file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform is indeed very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just one small constituent of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the upcoming future, perhaps a number of new clouds we presently don't know about will appear unexpectedly.