How Cloud Hosting Functions
What is cloud web hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' seems to be very modern in today's computing, Internet and hosting jargon. Even so, only a few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite long story short, we will first tell you what cloud hosting is not.
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1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Confined to a Remote Data Storage Exclusively.
1. Supplying a remote data storage solution, which comprises one file storage tool for all clients, does not convert any particular web hosting supplier into an authentic cloud web hosting plans provider.
The cPanel hosting providers dub the ability to distribute remote data storage solutions a cloud web hosting solution. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for private or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared hosting solution, driven by a one-single-server web hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the remaining constituents of the whole web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same way - this does not apply only to the remote data storage. The remaining services involved in the entire hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's really hard. A very small number of web hosting vendors can truly attain it.
2. It Encompasses Domain Names, E-mail Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, CPs, etc.
Cloud web hosting is not confined to a remote disk storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving multiple domain names, web sites, e-mail accounts, and so on, are we not?
To dub a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one needs a lot more than offering merely remote data storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The email server(s) need to be dedicated exclusively to the electronic mail linked services. Executing nothing else than these particular procedures. There might be only one or perhaps a whole array of mail servers, based on the total server load produced. To have an authentic cloud web hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their real number. Doing nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, etc.
3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) as well.
The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an authentic cloud web hosting company will support multiple data center locations on different continents.
Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud web hosting corporation:
If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your web hosting packages provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be sure when you discern a DNS like the one underneath:
that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This kind of Domain Name Server just displays that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting solution and has a market share of more than ninety eight percent. In cPanel's case, a single server tackles all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting Control Panel(s), files, and so on).
Remote File Storage - The Distorted Interpretation of Cloud Web Hosting.
So, a cloud web hosting service is not confined only to a remote disk storage solution, as a lot of service providers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting service providers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, because they plainly provide file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform looks indeed very simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one tiny constituent of the entire 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 FTP cloud, the electronic mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, possibly a bunch of new clouds we currently don't know about will show up unexpectedly.