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How Cloud Web Hosting Operates

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What is cloud web hosting actually? The word 'cloud' seems to be quite fashionable in today's IT, World Wide Web and web hosting terms. Nonetheless, just a select few actually are informed about what cloud hosting is. Perhaps it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud web hosting services. To render a quite lengthy story concise, we will firstly enlighten you on what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Delivering a remote file storage solution, which comprises one single disk storage device for all customers, does not turn any specific hosting service provider into a genuine cloud web hosting accounts provider.

The cPanel hosting firms call the ability to distribute remote disk storage services a cloud web hosting solution. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are discussing hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for individual or corporate needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared web hosting service, powered by a one-server web hosting environment, just like cPanel, a "cloud web hosting" service. This is so because the remaining components of the entire hosting platform must be functioning in exactly the same way - this does not relate solely to the remote data storage. The rest of the services involved in the entire hosting procedure also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely problematical. Very few web hosting vendors can truly achieve it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Email Boxes, Databases, FTPs, CPs, etc.

Cloud web hosting is not limited to a remote data storage solely. We are talking about a hosting solution, serving numerous domain names, sites, electronic mail addresses, and so on, right?

To dub a hosting service a "cloud web hosting" one requires a lot more than supplying plainly remote file storage mounts (or maybe servers). The email server(s) need to be dedicated just to the mail related services. Doing nothing else than these given tasks. There might be just one or maybe an entire group of e-mail servers, depending on the overall load produced. To have an authentic cloud web hosting service, the remote database servers should be performing as one, irrespective of their actual number. Performing nothing different. The same goes for the clients' web hosting CPs, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud web hosting solutions provider will support multiple datacenter locations on different continents.

Here's an example of a DNS of an authentic cloud web hosting packages provider:



If such a Domain Name Server is offered by your hosting services provider, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you discern a DNS such as the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This sort of Domain Name Server merely reveals that the web hosting environment in use is one-single-server based. Perhaps it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting solution and maintains a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one single physical server takes care of all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, FTP, hosting CP(s), files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Characterization of Cloud Web Hosting.

So, a cloud web hosting solution is not restricted just to a remote data storage service, as multiple web hosting suppliers wish it was. Sadly for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file hosting corporations would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, since they simply distribute file web hosting services, not cloud hosting solutions. The file hosting platform looks indeed very plain, when compared to the hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's simply one tiny fraction of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be found in the cloud web hosting platform: the web hosting 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 couple of brand new clouds we currently are not familiar with will emerge unexpectedly.

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