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How Cloud Hosting Works

What is cloud hosting actually? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modern in today's IT, Internet and hosting parlance. Still, only a few in fact are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very lengthy tale short, we will first disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote disk storage solution, which involves one single data storage appliance for all users, does not transform any given web hosting vendor into a real cloud hosting services provider.

The cPanel web hosting providers call the ability to supply remote disk storage services a cloud hosting service. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about website hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for private or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared hosting solution, based on a single-server web hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the other constituents of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same way - this does not relate only to the remote file storage. The rest of the services entailed in the whole web hosting procedure also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. A very small number of hosting vendors can truly make it.

2. It Entails Domains, Mail Accounts, Databases, FTPs, CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage solely. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving many domains, sites, mail accounts, and so on, right?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than supplying plainly remote data storage mounts (or maybe servers). The e-mail server(s) must be devoted only to the electronic mail associated services. Carrying out nothing different than these particular procedures. There might be only one single or perchance an entire bunch of electronic mail servers, depending on the total server load generated. To have an actual cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the customers' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

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

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud hosting firm:



If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your hosting services provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you see a Domain Name Server such as the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This sort of DNS merely demonstrates that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical server handles all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting CP(s), website files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Explanation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not limited only to a remote file storage service, as plenty of web hosting companies wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting service providers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, as they plainly provide file web hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform appears really very plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one tiny component of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, perchance a couple of brand new clouds we presently are not informed about will surface out of the blue.