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How Cloud Hosting Operates

What is cloud web hosting in fact? The term 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's information technology, World Wide Web and web hosting terminology. Even so, just a select few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To make a quite lengthy tale concise, we will firstly enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

1. Cloud Web Hosting is Not Restricted to a Remote File Storage Exclusively.

1. Offering a remote data storage solution, which involves one single file storage device for all users, does not transform any given web hosting provider into a real cloud web hosting company.

The cPanel hosting vendors name the ability to deliver remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting service. Up till now there is nothing wrong with the cloud terminology, but... we are talking about web hosting solutions, not remote file storage solutions for individual or corporate needs. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared hosting service, driven by a one-single-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the other components of the whole hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same way - this does not refer solely to the remote file storage. The other services entailed in the whole web hosting procedure also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely tough. Very few service providers can really make it.

2. It Entails Domains, E-mail Aliases, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote disk storage only. We are discussing a hosting service, serving multiple domain names, web pages, e-mailbox accounts, etc., are we not?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one requires a lot more than providing plainly remote disk storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The mail server(s) must be devoted solely to the electronic mail connected services. Carrying out nothing different than these given tasks. There might be just one or perchance a whole cluster of e-mail servers, based on the total load generated. To have a true cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, regardless of their actual number. Carrying out nothing else. The same goes for the customers' web hosting CPs, the FTP, etc.

3. There are Cloud Domain Name Servers (DNSs) as well.

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of an actual cloud web hosting firm will support multiple server farm sites on different continents.

Here's an example of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud web hosting supplier:


dns1.sozac.com

dns2.sozac.com


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


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of DNS just reveals that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one server handles all web hosting services (web, electronic mail, DNS, databases, FTP, CP(s), website files, etc.).

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

So, a cloud web hosting service is not confined simply to a remote disk storage service, as many web hosting vendors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting corporations would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones long ago! They are not categorized as such, as they merely distribute file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform is really very simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's just one tiny fragment of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's plenty more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the not too distant future, maybe a couple of brand new clouds we currently don't know about will spring up out of nowhere.