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How Does Cloud Hosting Operate?

What is cloud web hosting actually? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite trendy in today's IT, Internet and hosting terms. In spite of that, just a few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite long tale concise, we will firstly notify you about what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Disk Storage Exclusively.

1. Furnishing a remote disk storage solution, which involves one file storage device for all customers, does not transform any given hosting corporation into an actual cloud web hosting services provider.

The cPanel hosting firms dub the ability to offer remote file storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote file storage services for individual or corporate needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting service, based on a single-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the other components of the whole hosting platform must be working in precisely the same manner - this does not relate solely to the remote file storage. The other services entailed in the entire hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very small number of hosting providers can truly make it.

2. It Encompasses Domains, E-mails, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote file storage solely. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving countless domain names, web pages, email box accounts, and so on, aren't we?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than offering plainly remote data storage mounts (or probably servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be dedicated exclusively to the electronic mail linked services. Executing nothing different than these specific assignments. There might be just one or probably a whole bundle of electronic mail servers, based on the total load created. To have a genuine cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Doing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud web hosting company will support numerous data center facility sites on multiple continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a genuine cloud web hosting company:



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 certain when you perceive a Domain Name Server such as the one below:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of DNS merely demonstrates that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting platform and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, a single server handles all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), web files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Definition of Cloud Web Hosting.

So, a cloud web hosting service is not limited exclusively to a remote disk storage solution, as numerous hosting service providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting companies would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, because they merely distribute file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform seems indeed very simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one tiny fraction of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, probably a number of brand new clouds we currently are not familiar with will appear unexpectedly.