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How Cloud Hosting Functions

What is cloud web hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' appears to be very trendy in today's computing, Internet and web hosting terminology. Nonetheless, just a few in fact know what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a very long story concise, we will firstly reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one file storage tool for all clients, does not transform any particular web hosting company into an actual cloud web hosting vendor.

The cPanel hosting providers name the ability to offer remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared web hosting service, driven by a one-server hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the remaining components of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the entire hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. A very scanty number of hosting service providers can really achieve it.

2. It Involves Domain Names, Electronic Mails, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving countless domains, online portals, email box accounts, and so on, aren't we?

To name a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than offering just remote disk storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) must be dedicated exclusively to the e-mail connected services. Executing nothing different than these given tasks. There might be only one single or perhaps an entire stack of email servers, determined by the total server load produced. To have an actual cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their real quantity. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

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

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud web hosting plans provider:

If such a DNS is provided by your hosting supplier, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you discern a DNS like the one underneath:

that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of DNS only demonstrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine deals with all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), website files, and so on).

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

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not limited exclusively to a remote disk storage solution, as plenty of hosting companies wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting companies would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, as they merely deliver file web hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform looks indeed quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one simple part of the whole 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 electronic mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, perhaps a bunch of new clouds we presently are not familiar with will turn up out of the blue.

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