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How Cloud Web Hosting Works

What is cloud hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite trendy in today's computing, Internet and hosting phraseology. In spite of that, just a few in fact know what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite long tale concise, we will firstly disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote disk storage service, which comprises one single file storage appliance for all users, does not convert any particular web hosting provider into a genuine cloud hosting distributor.

The cPanel hosting distributors name the ability to offer remote file storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are discussing hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for personal or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting service, based on a single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud 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 only to the remote data storage. The other services entailed in the entire hosting procedure also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very scanty number of web hosting corporations can truly accomplish it.

2. It Entails Domains, Electronic Mail Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage exclusively. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving many domains, web pages, email boxes, etc., right?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one calls for a lot more than furnishing only remote data storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be dedicated exclusively to the electronic mail related services. Doing nothing else than these given procedures. There might be just one single or perhaps an entire bundle of mail servers, determined by the overall load generated. To have an actual cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their real quantity. Doing nothing else. The same goes for the users' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud hosting accounts provider will support numerous datacenter facility locations on multiple continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a genuine cloud hosting company:


dns1.seekdomain.net

dns2.seekdomain.net


If such a DNS is offered by your hosting distributor, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you notice a DNS such as the one beneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server only exhibits that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single server takes care of all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Interpretation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not confined just to a remote data storage service, as a lot of hosting vendors wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting vendors would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, as they plainly supply file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform appears really very plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one small constituent of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, maybe a bunch of brand new clouds we presently don't know about will come up unexpectedly.