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How Does Cloud Web Hosting Work?

What is cloud web hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite modern in today's IT, Internet and hosting phraseology. In spite of that, only a select few actually are aware of what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a very lengthy story brief, we will firstly let you in on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote disk storage service, which comprises one file storage device for all clients, does not transform any given web hosting service provider into an authentic cloud web hosting solutions provider.

The cPanel web hosting firms call the ability to provide remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about website hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for individual or corporate purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to call a shared hosting solution, based on a one-single-server hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. That's because the remaining components of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote file storage. The rest of the services entailed in the whole hosting process also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite hard. A very scanty number of service providers can actually attain it.

2. It Encompasses Domain Names, Email Mailbox Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote file storage solely. We are discussing a hosting service, serving lots of domain names, sites, electronic mail accounts, and so on, aren't we?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one demands a lot more than providing simply remote data storage mounts (or perhaps physical servers). The email server(s) must be devoted exclusively to the email linked services. Performing nothing different than these particular tasks. There might be just one or probably an entire group of mail servers, based on the overall server load generated. To have a genuine cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Performing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' hosting CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud web hosting vendor will support numerous data center facility sites on different continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of an actual cloud web hosting services provider:



If such a Domain Name Server is supplied by your web hosting company, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be confident when you perceive a DNS like the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server simply exhibits that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Perchance it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server web hosting platform and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical server tackles all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), website files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not limited solely to a remote file storage solution, as numerous web hosting suppliers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting vendors would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, as they merely distribute file hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform appears indeed very simple, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one simple part of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, maybe a few new clouds we currently don't know about will turn up unexpectedly.