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How Cloud Hosting Works

What is cloud hosting in reality? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite trendy in today's computing, World Wide Web and hosting parlance. Nevertheless, only a few really can say what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a fine idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very long story concise, we will firstly notify you about what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote data storage solution, which involves one file storage tool for all clients, does not turn any given web hosting company into an actual cloud hosting services provider.

The cPanel web hosting corporations dub the ability to provide remote data storage services a cloud hosting service. Up until now there is nothing bad about the cloud terminology, but... we are discussing website hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for individual or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared hosting solution, powered by a one-single-server web hosting platform, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. This is so because the other fractions of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same way - this does not refer solely to the remote file storage. The other services entailed in the whole web hosting process also must be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really tough. A very small number of hosting corporations can actually do it.

2. It Involves Domains, Mailbox Aliases, Databases, FTPs, Control Panels, etc.

Cloud hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage only. We are talking about a hosting service, serving countless domains, sites, e-mail accounts, etc., are we not?

To call a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one takes a lot more than providing solely remote file storage mounts (or perchance servers). The electronic mail server(s) must be dedicated exclusively to the e-mail linked services. Doing nothing different than these specific procedures. There might be just one single or maybe a whole bundle of electronic mail servers, determined by the total server load generated. To have a true cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their actual quantity. Executing nothing different. The same is valid for the users' hosting Control Panels, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a true cloud hosting accounts provider will support multiple server farm facility locations on different continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of a genuine cloud hosting company:



If such a Domain Name Server is provided by your hosting supplier, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be confident when you notice a Domain Name Server like the one below:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of DNS just exhibits that the hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Possibly it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98 percent. In cPanel's case, a single physical machine is responsible for all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not confined just to a remote file storage solution, as multiple web hosting corporations wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file hosting firms would have been referred to as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, since they plainly deliver file web hosting services, not cloud web hosting services. The file hosting platform looks really very plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, since it's merely one small component of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's a lot more to be discovered in the cloud hosting platform: the Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the DNS cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the near future, maybe a bunch of new clouds we currently don't know about will emerge out of nowhere.

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