How Does Cloud Web Hosting Operate?
What is cloud hosting actually? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite trendy in today's information technology, Internet and hosting parlance. In spite of that, just a few in fact are aware of what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a very long story succinct, we will first tell you what cloud hosting is not.
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1. Cloud Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Data Storage Only.
1. Providing a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one single disk storage appliance for all customers, does not convert any particular hosting vendor into an actual cloud hosting provider.
The cPanel hosting suppliers call the ability to distribute remote data storage services a cloud hosting service. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for private or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared hosting service, based on a single-server hosting environment, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. This is so because the other parts of the whole hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not relate only to the remote disk storage. The other services involved in the whole web hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite problematical. A very meager number of web hosting service providers can really accomplish it.
2. It Entails Domain Names, Mail Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting Control Panels, etc.
Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage solely. We are talking about a hosting service, serving countless domains, web pages, e-mailbox accounts, and so on, right?
To name a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one takes a lot more than furnishing only remote disk storage mounts (or probably physical servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be devoted solely to the mail connected services. Executing nothing else than these concrete assignments. There might be just one or possibly an entire bundle of email servers, determined by the total server load produced. To have a real cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their real amount. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.
3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud hosting distributor will support multiple data center locations on different continents.
Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud hosting distributor:
If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your hosting accounts provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you spot a DNS like the one below:
that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of DNS only indicates that the web hosting platform in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting solution and has 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, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), website files, and so on).
Remote File Storage - The Warped Explanation of Cloud Hosting.
So, a cloud hosting service is not limited simply to a remote disk storage solution, as a lot of hosting suppliers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting distributors would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, as they merely supply file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform is indeed very simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's just one tiny component of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, possibly a number of brand new clouds we currently are not familiar with will show up out of the blue.