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How Does Cloud Hosting Work?

What is cloud hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite fashionable in today's IT, World Wide Web and hosting phraseology. Even so, only a few in fact can say what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very long story succinct, 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 Solely.

1. Offering a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one single disk storage tool for all users, does not convert any specific web hosting corporation into an actual cloud hosting vendor.

The cPanel hosting vendors dub the ability to supply remote file storage services a cloud hosting service. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for private or corporate purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared hosting service, powered by a single-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the remaining constituents of the whole web hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote file storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really difficult. A very scanty number of hosting service providers can really achieve it.

2. It Entails Domains, Email Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote file storage only. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving many domain names, web pages, electronic mail accounts, etc., are we not?

To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than providing plainly remote disk storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The e-mail server(s) must be devoted exclusively to the electronic mail associated services. Doing nothing different than these given assignments. There might be only one or perhaps a whole group of electronic mail servers, based on the total server load produced. To have a true cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their real amount. Carrying out nothing else. The same is valid for the users' hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud hosting packages provider will support numerous server farm locations on different continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud hosting supplier:



If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your hosting distributor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you discern a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of DNS merely indicates that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical machine copes with all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted solely to a remote file storage solution, as plenty of web hosting suppliers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file service providers would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, since they merely furnish file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform looks indeed very plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one tiny fragment of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the near future, probably a few new clouds we presently are not acquainted with will surface unexpectedly.