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How Cloud Hosting Operates

What is cloud website hosting really? The term 'cloud' seems to be very trendy in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting terms. Even so, only a select few in fact can say what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale succinct, we will firstly enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Disk Storage Only.

1. Providing a remote data storage solution, which comprises one data storage appliance for all users, does not turn any particular web hosting corporation into a real cloud website hosting corporation.

The cPanel web hosting vendors call the ability to deliver remote data storage solutions a cloud website hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are discussing hosting services, not remote file storage services for private or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting service, based on a single-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. This is so because the other fractions of the whole hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not relate only to the remote disk storage. The remaining services involved in the entire web hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely difficult. A very small number of web hosting firms can really achieve it.

2. It Involves Domains, Mailboxes, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving lots of domain names, web portals, mail accounts, and so on, right?

To call a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one demands a lot more than furnishing only remote data storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The e-mail server(s) must be dedicated exclusively to the e-mail connected services. Carrying out nothing else than these particular tasks. There might be just one single or maybe an entire set of mail servers, based on the overall load created. To have an actual cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their real amount. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the clients' hosting CPs, the FTP, and so on.

3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) as well.

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

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud website hosting supplier:



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



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This type of Domain Name Server merely reveals that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine tackles all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Description of Cloud Website Hosting.

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not limited only to a remote file storage solution, as many hosting firms wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting vendors would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, since they simply furnish file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform is indeed quite plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one simple fraction of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, maybe a bunch of brand new clouds we presently are not aware of will spring up out of the blue.