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How Cloud Hosting Works

What is cloud web hosting actually? The term 'cloud' appears to be very fashionable in today's IT, Internet and hosting phraseology. Nevertheless, only a few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a very long tale succinct, we will firstly reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote file storage service, which comprises one single file storage device for all customers, does not transform any specific hosting company into an actual cloud web hosting provider.

The cPanel hosting firms call the ability to supply remote data storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing hosting services, not remote file storage services for personal or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting solution, based on a one-single-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining pieces of the whole hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same way - this does not refer solely to the remote disk storage. The other services involved in the whole hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very tough. A very meager number of hosting distributors can actually do it.

2. It Entails Domains, E-mail Boxes, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote file storage solely. We are talking about a hosting service, serving many domains, sites, emails, and so on, aren't we?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than supplying simply remote file storage mounts (or perchance servers). The e-mail server(s) must be dedicated just to the mail associated services. Carrying out nothing different than these given assignments. There might be just one single or maybe an entire set of electronic mail servers, based on the overall load produced. To have a true cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their real amount. Carrying out nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud web hosting services provider will support numerous datacenter sites on different continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud web hosting accounts provider:

If such a DNS is supplied by your hosting company, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be sure when you spot a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of DNS simply manifests that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one server takes care of all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), web files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not restricted simply to a remote disk storage solution, as numerous web hosting firms wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting distributors would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, because they simply provide file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform is really very simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one tiny component of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the near future, maybe a few brand new clouds we currently are not aware of will appear out of the blue.