How Does Cloud Hosting Operate?
What is cloud web hosting indeed? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite modish in today's computing, Internet and web hosting parlance. Nevertheless, just a select few actually can tell what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite long tale concise, we will firstly let you in on what cloud hosting is not.
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1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote File Storage Only.
1. Furnishing a remote disk storage service, which involves one disk storage tool for all clients, does not convert any given hosting service provider into an actual cloud web hosting provider.
The cPanel web hosting distributors call the ability to deliver remote file storage solutions a cloud web hosting service. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about web hosting services, not remote data storage solutions for personal or business purposes. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting service, powered by a one-single-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" solution. That's because the remaining constituents of the entire hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very hard. A very small number of hosting service providers can actually do it.
2. It Includes Domains, Mailbox Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.
Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote data storage exclusively. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving plenty of domains, online portals, mail addresses, and so on, right?
To call a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one calls for a lot more than furnishing simply remote data storage mounts (or possibly servers). The email server(s) have to be devoted just to the e-mail related services. Executing nothing different than these concrete assignments. There might be just one or perchance a whole group of mail servers, based on the overall server load produced. To have a real cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their real quantity. Carrying out nothing else. The same goes for the customers' web hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.
3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) too.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud web hosting distributor will support numerous datacenter facility locations on multiple continents.
Here's an instance of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud web hosting solutions provider:
If such a DNS is supplied by your web hosting provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting environment in use, but you can definitely be convinced when you spot a Domain Name Server like the one beneath:
that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This sort of DNS only reveals that the hosting platform in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical server takes care of all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), website files, etc.).
Remote File Storage - The Warped Definition of Cloud Web Hosting.
So, a cloud web hosting service is not restricted exclusively to a remote file storage solution, as a lot of service providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting suppliers would have been categorized as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, since they simply distribute file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform appears really very simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one simple fraction of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot 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 email cloud and... in the foreseeable future, possibly several new clouds we presently are not informed about will spring up out of nowhere.