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How Does Cloud Web Hosting Function?

What is cloud website hosting really? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite fashionable in today's IT, Internet and hosting terms. Even so, just a few actually are aware of what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a very long tale succinct, we will firstly inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Website Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote Data Storage Solely.

1. Providing a remote disk storage service, which involves one data storage device for all customers, does not convert any particular web hosting provider into a real cloud website hosting vendor.

The cPanel hosting firms name the ability to supply remote disk storage solutions a cloud website hosting service. Up to now there is nothing wrong with the cloud classification, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for private or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared web hosting service, based on a one-server hosting platform, just like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. This is so because the remaining fractions of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same way - this does not relate only to the remote data storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely tough. A very scanty number of hosting companies can truly do it.

2. It Entails Domains, Email Mailbox Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, CPs, etc.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote file storage exclusively. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving numerous domains, sites, mail aliases, and so on, aren't we?

To name a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one takes a lot more than furnishing merely remote disk storage mounts (or perchance physical servers). The e-mail server(s) have to be dedicated just to the email associated services. Performing nothing else than these concrete assignments. There might be just one or possibly an entire cluster of mail servers, depending on the total server load generated. To have a real cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Performing nothing else. The same is valid for the clients' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

3. There are Cloud Domain Servers (DNSs) too.

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud website hosting plans provider will support numerous data center locations on multiple continents.

Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud website hosting corporation:


dns1.hosting.steeledesignstudio.com

dns2.hosting.steeledesignstudio.com


If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your web hosting distributor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you notice a Domain Name Server such as the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This type of DNS just exhibits that the web hosting environment in use is one-server based. Possibly 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 physical server deals with all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), website files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Interpretation of Cloud Website Hosting.

So, a cloud website hosting service is not confined simply to a remote file storage service, as numerous web hosting providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting suppliers would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, since they plainly deliver file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform is indeed quite plain, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's simply one tiny fraction of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, possibly a few brand new clouds we currently are not informed about will appear out of nowhere.