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How Does Cloud Hosting Function?

What is cloud web hosting really? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's computing, World Wide Web and web hosting parlance. Still, just a few in fact can tell what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite lengthy story short, we will first reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Data Storage Exclusively.

1. Delivering a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one single data storage appliance for all customers, does not transform any specific web hosting distributor into a real cloud web hosting accounts provider.

The cPanel hosting providers dub the ability to offer remote data storage services a cloud web hosting solution. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote disk storage services for individual or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting service, powered by a single-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining components of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote data storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite hard. A very scanty number of hosting providers can really do it.

2. It Entails Domains, E-mail Aliases, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, CPs, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote file storage only. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving multiple domain names, online portals, email box accounts, etc., right?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than providing merely remote file storage mounts (or maybe servers). The electronic mail server(s) must be dedicated solely to the email connected services. Carrying out nothing else than these given procedures. There might be only one single or perchance a whole array of mail servers, based on the overall load produced. To have an authentic cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Doing nothing else. The same goes for the customers' web hosting CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

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

Here's an illustration of a DNS of an actual cloud web hosting corporation:


dns1.prosystem-host.info

dns2.prosystem-host.info


If such a DNS is supplied by your hosting company, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you see a DNS like the one below:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This type of Domain Name Server only shows that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one physical server tackles all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not confined simply to a remote file storage solution, as numerous hosting companies wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting vendors would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, because they merely offer file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform seems really quite plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one tiny segment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, possibly a bunch of new clouds we currently are not informed about will spring up out of nowhere.