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How Cloud Web Hosting Works

What is cloud hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite modish in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting lingo. In spite of that, only a few in fact are aware of what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite lengthy tale concise, we will first disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote File Storage Solely.

1. Delivering a remote data storage solution, which comprises one single data storage tool for all users, does not convert any given web hosting supplier into a genuine cloud hosting supplier.

The cPanel web hosting providers dub the ability to deliver remote data storage services a cloud hosting service. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for personal or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the other components of the entire web hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the whole web hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. A very small number of web hosting companies can really attain it.

2. It Includes Domains, Mailboxes, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving numerous domains, online portals, electronic mail addresses, etc., aren't we?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one requires a lot more than furnishing solely remote file storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The mail server(s) must be dedicated exclusively to the e-mail related services. Carrying out nothing different than these given tasks. There might be only one single or probably a whole cluster of e-mail servers, determined by the overall load produced. To have an authentic cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their real quantity. Doing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' hosting CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud hosting services provider will support multiple data center sites on different continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of an actual cloud hosting packages provider:

If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your hosting plans provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you discern a DNS such as the one below:

that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of DNS plainly exhibits that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical server handles all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), web site files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Definition of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not restricted just to a remote disk storage solution, as multiple hosting suppliers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file service providers would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, since they simply furnish file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform seems indeed very plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one small fraction of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the upcoming future, perchance several new clouds we currently don't know about will come up out of the blue.