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How Does Cloud Hosting Work?

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What is cloud hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' appears to be very trendy in today's computing, World Wide Web and hosting terms. Even so, just a select few in fact can say what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a smart idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very lengthy story brief, we will first notify you about what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Disk Storage Only.

1. Furnishing a remote file storage service, which comprises one disk storage appliance for all customers, does not turn any given web hosting distributor into a real cloud hosting firm.

The cPanel web hosting distributors dub the ability to offer remote disk storage solutions a cloud hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for personal or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared web hosting solution, driven by a single-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the remaining pieces of the entire hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote disk storage. The remaining services involved in the entire hosting procedure also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very tough. Very few hosting distributors can really achieve it.

2. It Involves Domains, Email Mailbox Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting service, serving numerous domains, sites, mails, and so on, are we not?

To call a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one requires a lot more than providing simply remote data storage mounts (or possibly servers). The mail server(s) need to be dedicated just to the mail associated services. Doing nothing else than these specific tasks. There might be just one single or probably an entire stack of mail servers, depending on the total server load created. To have a genuine cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their real number. Executing nothing different. The same goes for the users' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

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

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud hosting supplier:



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



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server simply illustrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical server is responsible for all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), website files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Description of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not restricted exclusively to a remote disk storage service, as lots of web hosting firms wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting corporations would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, as they merely supply file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform is really quite plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one tiny segment of the entire 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, possibly a few brand new clouds we presently are not familiar with will spring up out of the blue.

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