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How Does Cloud Hosting Work?

What is cloud website hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite trendy in today's IT, Internet and hosting parlance. Nevertheless, just a select few actually can say what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a good idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a quite lengthy tale succinct, we will firstly enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote data storage service, which involves one single file storage appliance for all clients, does not turn any specific web hosting supplier into an actual cloud website hosting plans provider.

The cPanel hosting firms call the ability to offer remote disk storage solutions a cloud website hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing web hosting services, not remote disk storage services for private or corporate needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting service, based on a one-single-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. This is so because the other pieces of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not apply solely to the remote file storage. The rest of the services involved in the whole web hosting procedure also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very problematical. A very small number of web hosting providers can truly achieve it.

2. It Entails Domains, E-mailbox Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage only. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving many domain names, web portals, electronic mail addresses, etc., aren't we?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one needs a lot more than supplying only remote data storage mounts (or probably servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be dedicated only to the mail associated services. Executing nothing different than these concrete procedures. There might be just one single or maybe a whole collection of email servers, based on the total load produced. To have a real cloud website hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual quantity. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the users' CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud website hosting supplier will support numerous data center facility sites on different continents.

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



If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your web hosting vendor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be sure when you perceive a Domain Name Server 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 single-server web hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical server is responsible for all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), website files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Explanation of Cloud Website Hosting.

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not limited just to a remote disk storage solution, as lots of hosting distributors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting vendors would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not categorized as such, because they simply deliver file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform looks really very simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one simple fraction of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the upcoming future, perhaps a couple of brand new clouds we presently are not aware of will emerge out of nowhere.


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