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How Does Cloud Hosting Work?

What is cloud hosting actually? The term 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's IT, Internet and web hosting lingo. However, just a few really know what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a good idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite lengthy story concise, we will firstly inform you about what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Offering a remote disk storage solution, which comprises one data storage device for all users, does not convert any given web hosting service provider into an authentic cloud hosting firm.

The cPanel web hosting providers name the ability to deliver remote disk storage services a cloud hosting service. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote disk storage solutions for personal or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to call a shared hosting solution, powered by a one-server hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the other constituents of the entire web hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same way - this does not refer solely to the remote file storage. The other services involved in the whole web hosting process also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's extremely hard. Very few hosting companies can really do it.

2. It Entails Domains, E-mail Aliases, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not limited to a remote file storage solely. We are talking about a web hosting service, serving countless domain names, web portals, e-mailbox accounts, etc., are we not?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one needs a lot more than furnishing simply remote file storage mounts (or probably servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be dedicated only to the email linked services. Executing nothing else than these concrete tasks. There might be just one single or perchance a whole stack of mail servers, based on the overall server load generated. To have a genuine cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be operating as one, irrespective of their actual number. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the users' hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

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

Here's an instance of a DNS of an actual cloud hosting firm:



If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your hosting plans provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be certain when you observe a Domain Name Server such as the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of Domain Name Server simply reveals that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server web hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical server is responsible for all web hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, Control Panel(s), web files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Explanation of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not confined simply to a remote file storage solution, as numerous hosting corporations wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting firms would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time back! They are not referred to as such, since they plainly provide file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform seems indeed quite simple, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one simple component of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, probably a couple of brand new clouds we currently are not familiar with will surface out of the blue.