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How Cloud Hosting Operates

What is cloud hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite modern in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting parlance. Still, only a few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite long tale brief, we will firstly acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote file storage solution, which comprises one disk storage appliance for all clients, does not convert any specific web hosting provider into a genuine cloud hosting solutions provider.

The cPanel web hosting distributors dub the ability to furnish remote data storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for private or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting service, powered by a single-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining fractions of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not relate only to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the whole hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. A very small number of hosting suppliers can truly accomplish it.

2. It Includes Domains, Email Mailbox Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage solely. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving lots of domains, websites, emails, etc., are we not?

To call a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than delivering simply remote file storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be devoted solely to the e-mail associated services. Carrying out nothing different than these particular tasks. There might be only one or possibly a whole group of e-mail servers, depending on the total server load created. To have a true cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their real amount. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the customers' Control Panels, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud hosting supplier will support numerous data center facility locations on multiple continents.

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



If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your hosting provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be sure when you see a Domain Name Server such as the one underneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of DNS plainly exhibits that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single server copes with all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting Control Panel(s), website files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not confined exclusively to a remote disk storage solution, as numerous web hosting suppliers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting distributors would have been classified as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, because they simply provide file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform looks indeed very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's merely one tiny fraction of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the near future, maybe several brand new clouds we currently don't know about will emerge out of the blue.