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How Cloud Web Hosting Operates

What is cloud website hosting really? The term 'cloud' seems to be quite trendy in today's computing, Internet and hosting jargon. However, just a select few actually can tell what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To make a very long story succinct, we will firstly acquaint you with what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Supplying a remote data storage service, which involves one single disk storage appliance for all customers, does not transform any given web hosting firm into a real cloud website hosting firm.

The cPanel hosting distributors dub the ability to supply remote disk storage solutions a cloud website hosting solution. Until now there is nothing bad about the cloud labeling, but... we are talking about hosting services, not remote disk storage solutions for individual or corporate purposes. There's constantly one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to name a shared web hosting solution, based on a one-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" solution. That's because the other components of the whole web hosting platform must be working in exactly the same manner - this does not apply only to the remote data storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire hosting procedure also need to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's very problematical. A very small number of hosting distributors can truly attain it.

2. It Involves Domains, Mails, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not restricted to a remote file storage exclusively. We are talking about a hosting service, serving countless domains, sites, mail aliases, and so on, right?

To call a hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one calls for a lot more than delivering solely remote disk storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The mail server(s) need to be devoted only to the email related services. Executing nothing else than these given procedures. There might be just one or probably an entire cluster of electronic mail servers, depending on the total server load generated. To have a real cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their real number. Doing nothing different. The same goes for the clients' hosting CPs, the FTP, etc.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a real cloud website hosting supplier will support numerous server farm facility locations on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a DNS of an actual cloud website hosting services provider:


dns1.linux-hosts-inc.com

dns2.linux-hosts-inc.com


If such a DNS is offered by your hosting vendor, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can definitely be confident when you spot a Domain Name Server such as the one underneath:


dns658.hostgator.com

dns659.hostgator.com


that there isn't any cloud hosting platform. This type of Domain Name Server simply manifests that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and has a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, a single physical server tackles all web hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, web hosting CP(s), web files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Perverted Explanation of Cloud Website Hosting.

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not confined solely to a remote data storage solution, as numerous web hosting vendors wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting companies would have been categorized as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not categorized as such, because they merely deliver file hosting solutions, not cloud hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform seems really quite plain, when compared to the web hosting platform. The remote disk storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's just one small part of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot 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 FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the upcoming future, maybe a number of new clouds we currently don't know about will appear out of nowhere.