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How Cloud Website Hosting Works

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What is cloud website hosting actually? The word 'cloud' seems to be very fashionable in today's IT, Internet and web hosting lingo. In spite of that, just a select few in fact know what cloud hosting is. Perchance it is a clever idea to inform yourself about cloud website hosting services. To render a very long tale succinct, we will first notify you about what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Providing a remote data storage solution, which involves one single disk storage appliance for all customers, does not transform any given web hosting firm into a genuine cloud website hosting distributor.

The cPanel web hosting vendors call the ability to provide remote file storage services a cloud website hosting service. Up till now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are discussing web hosting solutions, not remote data storage solutions for private or corporate needs. There's invariably one "but", isn't there? It's not sufficient to name a shared web hosting solution, driven by a single-server hosting platform, exactly like cPanel, a "cloud website hosting" service. That's because the other parts of the entire web hosting platform must be operating in exactly the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote disk storage. The other services entailed in the entire web hosting process also have to be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's extremely tough. A very meager number of web hosting firms can truly attain it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, Electronic Mail Accounts, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Hosting CPs, and so on.

Cloud website hosting is not limited to a remote data storage exclusively. We are discussing a hosting solution, serving numerous domain names, online portals, electronic mail aliases, and so on, are we not?

To call a web hosting service a "cloud website hosting" one takes a lot more than offering just remote data storage mounts (or maybe physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) need to be dedicated solely to the mail connected services. Executing nothing else than these particular tasks. There might be just one single or maybe a whole stack of electronic mail servers, determined by the overall server load generated. To have a true cloud website hosting service, the remote database servers should be functioning as one, regardless of their actual amount. Executing nothing else. The same is valid for the customers' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, and so on.

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

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

Here's an illustration of a Domain Name Server of an authentic cloud website hosting provider:



If such a Domain Name Server is furnished by your hosting company, it's not a sure thing that there is a cloud web hosting environment in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you notice a DNS like the one beneath:



that there isn't any cloud hosting service. This kind of Domain Name Server just displays that the hosting environment in use is one-server based. Maybe it's cPanel. cPanel is a one-server web hosting platform and holds a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one server copes with all web hosting services (web, mail, DNS, databases, File Transfer Protocol, hosting Control Panel(s), web site files, etc.).

Remote File Storage - The Warped Characterization of Cloud Website Hosting.

So, a cloud website hosting solution is not restricted exclusively to a remote file storage service, as numerous web hosting suppliers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, most of the file web hosting corporations would have been classified as cloud web hosting ones a long time ago! They are not classified as such, as they plainly deliver file web hosting solutions, not cloud web hosting solutions. The file hosting platform seems really very simple, in comparison with the hosting platform. The remote data storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, because it's merely one tiny component of the whole cloud web hosting platform. There's a lot more to be encountered in the cloud hosting platform: the hosting Control Panel cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the FTP cloud, the email cloud and... in the near future, probably a bunch of new clouds we presently are not aware of will come up unexpectedly.

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