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How Does Cloud Web Hosting Work?

What is cloud web hosting actually? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite modish in today's computing, World Wide Web and web hosting parlance. Yet, only a few actually know what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a fine idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite lengthy tale concise, we will first disclose to you what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote file storage service, which involves one disk storage device for all users, does not transform any particular hosting distributor into an authentic cloud web hosting firm.

The cPanel hosting vendors name the ability to provide remote file storage services a cloud hosting service. So far there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about web hosting services, not remote file storage services for private or business needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting solution, powered by a one-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the other parts of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote file storage. The rest of the services entailed in the entire hosting process also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely difficult. A very meager number of hosting corporations can really do it.


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2. It Encompasses Domains, Email Mailboxes, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Web Hosting Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote data storage exclusively. We are discussing a web hosting solution, serving many domain names, web portals, mail accounts, etc., aren't we?

To name a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one requires a lot more than supplying simply remote file storage mounts (or perchance servers). The email server(s) must be devoted solely to the e-mail linked services. Carrying out nothing else than these given procedures. There might be only one single or perhaps an entire collection of electronic mail servers, based on the total server load created. To have an actual cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be working as one, irrespective of their real amount. Doing nothing different. The same is valid for the users' web hosting CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting corporation will support multiple server farm locations on multiple continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of a real cloud hosting supplier:


dns1.lonex.com

dns2.lonex.com


If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your web hosting supplier, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be sure when you notice a DNS like the one below:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of DNS just demonstrates that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, one single physical server deals with all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting Control Panel(s), web files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Definition of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not restricted exclusively to a remote data storage solution, as plenty of web hosting corporations wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting providers would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, because they plainly distribute file web hosting services, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform is indeed very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one simple constituent of the entire cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perhaps a number of new clouds we presently are not familiar with will emerge out of nowhere.