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How Does Cloud Website Hosting Work?

What is cloud web hosting actually? The term 'cloud' seems to be very trendy in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting jargon. Nevertheless, just a select few actually know what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale concise, we will firstly let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote file storage solution, which involves one single disk storage tool for all users, does not turn any given web hosting provider into a genuine cloud web hosting corporation.

The cPanel hosting distributors name the ability to deliver remote disk storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for individual or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting service, based on a one-server hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the remaining fractions of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire web hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really tough. A very meager number of web hosting suppliers can really achieve it.

2. It Involves Domains, E-mail Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote file storage solely. We are talking about a hosting service, serving numerous domains, websites, electronic mails, and so on, are we not?

To name a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than offering merely remote file storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The e-mail server(s) must be devoted solely to the electronic mail associated services. Executing nothing different than these concrete tasks. There might be just one single or perhaps a whole assortment of electronic mail servers, determined by the total server load generated. To have an authentic cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Performing nothing different. The same is valid for the customers' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

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

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

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

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of DNS merely demonstrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting platform and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one physical machine takes care of all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not limited solely to a remote disk storage service, as numerous web hosting corporations wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting companies would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, because they simply deliver file web hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform seems indeed quite simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's only one small segment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the not too distant future, perchance a couple of new clouds we currently are not informed about will surface unexpectedly.