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How Cloud Website Hosting Works

What is cloud web hosting really? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's computing, World Wide Web and hosting jargon. In spite of that, just a select few actually can say what cloud hosting is. Possibly it is a smart idea to inform yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite lengthy story succinct, we will first enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Limited to a Remote Data Storage Exclusively.

1. Supplying a remote data storage service, which involves one single data storage appliance for all clients, does not convert any particular web hosting distributor into an actual cloud web hosting provider.

The cPanel hosting corporations name the ability to furnish remote data storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Until now there is nothing wrong with the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote data storage services for private or business needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting solution, based on a one-server web hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the remaining fractions of the whole web hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote disk storage. The rest of the services involved in the whole web hosting process also have to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. A very scanty number of web hosting distributors can really achieve it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Electronic Mail Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Hosting CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not restricted to a remote disk storage solely. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving lots of domain names, web pages, e-mail box accounts, and so on, aren't we?

To call a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than offering simply remote data storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be dedicated exclusively to the e-mail related services. Carrying out nothing different than these concrete assignments. There might be only one single or maybe an entire stack of e-mail servers, determined by the total load created. To have a real cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their actual amount. Doing nothing else. The same goes for the customers' Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud web hosting company will support multiple data center facility sites on multiple continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a true cloud web hosting distributor:

If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your hosting packages provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be confident when you spot a DNS such as the one below:

that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This sort of DNS merely illustrates that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one physical server tackles all hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), web site files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not confined exclusively to a remote disk storage service, as plenty of web hosting service providers wish it was. Unluckily for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting suppliers would have been referred to as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not classified as such, because they merely furnish file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform is really quite plain, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one tiny segment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, perchance a couple of brand new clouds we presently are not familiar with will show up out of the blue.