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How Does Cloud Hosting Work?

What is cloud web hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's information technology, Internet and web hosting lingo. Yet, just a few really know what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale brief, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote data storage solution, which involves one single data storage device for all users, does not transform any given web hosting corporation into a genuine cloud web hosting corporation.

The cPanel web hosting vendors dub the ability to distribute remote disk storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for private or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting solution, driven by a single-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the remaining components of the whole web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote disk storage. The other services entailed in the whole hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really tough. A very meager number of hosting companies can truly attain it.

2. It Entails Domains, Mailbox Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage only. We are discussing a web hosting service, serving countless domains, online portals, email mailbox accounts, and so on, right?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than furnishing merely remote data storage mounts (or possibly servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be dedicated exclusively to the mail related services. Carrying out nothing else than these concrete procedures. There might be only one single or possibly an entire stack of electronic mail servers, determined by the overall server load created. To have a genuine cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their real number. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the clients' Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud web hosting vendor will support numerous data center locations on different continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud web hosting solutions provider:



If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your hosting provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you discern a Domain Name Server like the one underneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This kind of Domain Name Server only displays that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one server tackles all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting Control Panel(s), website files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Characterization of Cloud Web Hosting.

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not restricted solely to a remote data storage service, as multiple web hosting firms wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting vendors would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time back! They are not classified as such, as they simply furnish file hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform looks really quite plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one simple segment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the near future, possibly a couple of brand new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will turn up out of the blue.