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How Cloud Web Hosting Functions

What is cloud hosting indeed? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite trendy in today's information technology, World Wide Web and hosting terms. Even so, just a select few actually are aware of what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very long tale concise, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote data storage service, which comprises one single disk storage device for all clients, does not turn any specific hosting vendor into a real cloud hosting provider.

The cPanel web hosting distributors call the ability to provide remote data storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote file storage services for individual or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting service, powered by a single-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the remaining components of the whole web hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote data storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire hosting procedure also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely hard. A very small number of hosting firms can really attain it.

2. It Includes Domains, Mail Aliases, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, and so on.

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

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than distributing merely remote disk storage mounts (or maybe servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be dedicated just to the e-mail connected services. Carrying out nothing else than these specific tasks. There might be just one single or probably an entire pack of email servers, based on the overall server load created. To have a genuine cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their real amount. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud hosting corporation will support numerous data center locations on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud hosting provider:


dns1.comnetwork.biz

dns2.comnetwork.biz


If such a DNS is provided by your hosting accounts provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you notice a Domain Name Server such as the one beneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server only displays that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one physical machine is responsible for all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Explanation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not restricted simply to a remote file storage solution, as numerous web hosting service providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting firms would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, as they simply deliver file web hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform is indeed very simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one tiny fraction of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, possibly several new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will emerge out of nowhere.