How Does Cloud Web Hosting Operate?
What is cloud hosting in fact? The word 'cloud' appears to be quite fashionable in today's IT, Internet and hosting terms. However, only a few really are aware of what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a sensible idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a quite long story short, we will first acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.
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1. Cloud Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote File Storage Exclusively.
1. Offering a remote file storage service, which involves one data storage tool for all customers, does not turn any given service provider into an actual cloud hosting solutions provider.
The cPanel web hosting providers dub the ability to deliver remote file storage solutions a cloud hosting service. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about website hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for private or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared hosting solution, powered by a one-single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the other pieces of the whole web hosting platform must be working in precisely the same way - this does not relate only to the remote file storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire hosting procedure also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. A very meager number of hosting distributors can truly attain it.
2. It Includes Domain Names, Electronic Mails, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting Control Panels, and so on.
Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote file storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving numerous domains, web pages, mailbox aliases, etc., aren't we?
To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than delivering merely remote file storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The e-mail server(s) need to be dedicated exclusively to the e-mail associated services. Doing nothing different than these specific procedures. There might be just one or perhaps a whole bundle of email servers, determined by the total load produced. To have a true cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be working as one, regardless of their real quantity. Executing nothing different. The same goes for the users' CPs, the FTP, and so on.
3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) too.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting services provider will support numerous data center facility sites on different continents.
Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud hosting supplier:
If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your web hosting plans provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be certain when you discern a DNS like the one below:
that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of DNS only indicates that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting solution and has a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single server deals with all hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting CP(s), web files, etc.).
Remote File Storage - The Twisted Description of Cloud Hosting.
So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted only to a remote disk storage service, as plenty of service providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting companies would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, as they plainly offer file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file web hosting platform seems indeed quite simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's simply one simple fraction of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, possibly a couple of brand new clouds we currently are not familiar with will come up out of the blue.