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How Cloud Website Hosting Functions

What is cloud hosting really? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite modish in today's information technology, Internet and web hosting jargon. However, just a select few really know what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very lengthy tale short, we will firstly reveal to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote data storage service, which comprises one disk storage tool for all clients, does not turn any particular web hosting supplier into a genuine cloud hosting supplier.

The cPanel web hosting companies dub the ability to supply remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. So far there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are discussing website hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for personal or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared web hosting solution, powered by a single-server web hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the remaining pieces of the whole hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not relate solely to the remote file storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. A very small number of hosting suppliers can actually attain it.

2. It Entails Domains, E-mail Boxes, Databases, FTPs, CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote file storage solely. We are discussing a hosting service, serving countless domains, web portals, mail aliases, etc., aren't we?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than delivering solely remote file storage mounts (or perhaps servers). The email server(s) have to be dedicated solely to the e-mail related services. Executing nothing different than these particular tasks. There might be only one single or maybe a whole stack of mail servers, based on the total load produced. To have a real cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their actual number. Performing nothing different. The same is valid for the users' web hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud hosting supplier will support multiple server farm sites on different continents.

Here's an instance of a DNS of an authentic cloud hosting company:



If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your web hosting packages provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you observe a DNS such as the one below:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of Domain Name Server plainly shows that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical server copes with all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Definition of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not restricted simply to a remote data storage solution, as numerous hosting distributors wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting corporations would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, as they simply supply file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file web hosting platform appears really very plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one tiny segment of the entire cloud web 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 DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, maybe a bunch of new clouds we currently are not acquainted with will appear out of the blue.