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How Does Cloud Web Hosting Operate?

What is cloud hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite modern in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting parlance. Nevertheless, just a few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very lengthy tale short, we will first let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote file storage solution, which involves one single data storage appliance for all users, does not transform any given web hosting distributor into an authentic cloud hosting plans provider.

The cPanel hosting firms call the ability to provide remote disk storage services a cloud hosting service. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing hosting services, not remote data storage services for private or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to dub a shared hosting service, powered by a one-server web hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the other components of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same way - this does not apply only to the remote data storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire web hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very meager number of web hosting firms can actually achieve it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Mails, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving numerous domains, websites, email accounts, etc., aren't we?

To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one requires a lot more than supplying just remote data storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The mail server(s) must be dedicated just to the email related services. Carrying out nothing different than these given tasks. There might be only one single or possibly an entire stack of mail servers, determined by the overall load generated. To have a genuine cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their real number. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the clients' hosting CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) too.

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud hosting accounts provider will support multiple server farm sites on different continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of an actual cloud hosting distributor:


dns1.ctrsite.com

dns2.ctrsite.com


If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your hosting plans provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you discern a Domain Name Server like the one below:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server simply displays that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical server tackles all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), web files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Interpretation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not restricted only to a remote file storage service, as lots of web hosting companies wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting corporations would have been classified as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not referred to as such, since they simply offer file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform is really very simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one small fragment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the not too distant future, probably several new clouds we currently are not familiar with will appear out of the blue.