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How Does Cloud Website Hosting Operate?

What is cloud web hosting actually? The word 'cloud' appears to be very trendy in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting jargon. However, only a few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a very lengthy tale succinct, we will first tell you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote data storage service, which involves one disk storage device for all customers, does not convert any given web hosting vendor into a genuine cloud web hosting corporation.

The cPanel web hosting suppliers name the ability to provide remote data storage services a cloud web hosting service. Up until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about website hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for individual or corporate purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared web hosting service, driven by a one-single-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the remaining components of the entire web hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not refer solely to the remote disk storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire hosting procedure also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really problematical. A very small number of hosting firms can truly accomplish it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, E-mail Aliases, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote file storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving a lot of domain names, sites, mail aliases, etc., are we not?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one takes a lot more than providing simply remote disk storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The mail server(s) must be dedicated solely to the e-mail associated services. Carrying out nothing else than these given procedures. There might be just one single or perchance an entire stack of email servers, depending on the total server load created. To have a true cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Carrying out nothing different. The same is valid for the clients' hosting CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud web hosting supplier will support numerous data center sites on multiple continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a true cloud web hosting plans provider:


dns1.brainchildhosting.com

dns2.brainchildhosting.com


If such a DNS is provided by your web hosting services provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be certain when you observe a DNS like the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of DNS just demonstrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting solution and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one physical server handles all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), website files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Definition of Cloud Web Hosting.

So, a cloud web hosting service is not confined solely to a remote file storage service, as multiple hosting distributors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting distributors would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, since they plainly distribute file hosting services, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform is indeed very plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one simple fragment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot 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 e-mail cloud and... in the near future, probably several brand new clouds we presently are not familiar with will emerge out of nowhere.