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How Does Cloud Hosting Operate?

What is cloud hosting really? The term 'cloud' appears to be quite fashionable in today's information technology, Internet and hosting parlance. Even so, only a few actually are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Probably it is a clever idea to educate yourself about cloud hosting services. To make a very long story brief, we will first let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote disk storage solution, which involves one single data storage tool for all clients, does not convert any particular provider into a real cloud hosting distributor.

The cPanel web hosting firms name the ability to supply remote disk storage services a cloud hosting service. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are talking about website hosting services, not remote file storage solutions for private or business purposes. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared hosting service, driven by a one-single-server web hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" service. That's because the other parts of the entire hosting platform must be operating in precisely the same manner - this does not relate only to the remote data storage. The remaining services entailed in the entire web hosting procedure also need to be remote, isolated and "clouded". And that's really hard. Very few hosting service providers can truly accomplish it.

2. It Includes Domain Names, Email Mailbox Accounts, Databases, FTPs, Web Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote file storage only. We are discussing a hosting service, serving plenty of domains, websites, e-mails, etc., aren't we?

To dub a web hosting service a "cloud hosting" one demands a lot more than providing merely remote disk storage mounts (or possibly servers). The mail server(s) must be dedicated just to the mail linked services. Performing nothing else than these particular procedures. There might be just one single or maybe an entire bundle of electronic mail servers, determined by the overall server load created. To have a real cloud hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, irrespective of their actual number. Executing nothing else. The same goes for the clients' web hosting Control Panels, the FTP, and so on.

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

The DNSs (Domain Name Servers) of a genuine cloud hosting solutions provider will support multiple data center sites on different continents.

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of a real cloud hosting company:



If such a DNS is offered by your web hosting solutions provider, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be convinced when you observe a DNS such as the one below:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting service. This kind of Domain Name Server just illustrates that the hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-single-server hosting platform and holds a market share of more than 98%. In cPanel's case, one server takes care of all hosting services (web, email, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, CP(s), website files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Distorted Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting solution is not confined only to a remote data storage solution, as many web hosting firms wish it was. Sadly 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 referred to as such, because they simply furnish file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file web hosting platform appears indeed very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud web hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's simply one simple fraction of the whole cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the foreseeable future, perchance a number of new clouds we presently are not aware of will emerge out of nowhere.