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How Does Cloud Hosting Operate?

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What is cloud hosting in reality? The term 'cloud' appears to be very modish in today's information technology, World Wide Web and hosting terms. However, just a select few really are familiar with what cloud hosting is. Maybe it is a sensible idea to inform yourself about cloud hosting services. To render a quite long tale concise, we will firstly let you know what cloud hosting is not.

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

1. Furnishing a remote data storage solution, which involves one single file storage appliance for all customers, does not convert any specific service provider into an authentic cloud hosting vendor.

The cPanel hosting companies call the ability to supply remote data storage services a cloud hosting solution. Up to now there is nothing bad about the cloud classification, but... we are talking about website hosting solutions, not remote file storage services for individual or business needs. There's always one "but", isn't there? It's not enough to dub a shared web hosting service, driven by a single-server hosting environment, precisely like cPanel, a "cloud hosting" solution. That's because the other parts of the entire web hosting platform must be functioning in precisely the same manner - this does not refer only to the remote disk storage. The other services entailed in the entire hosting procedure also must be remote, separated and "clouded". And that's quite hard. Very few hosting distributors can really achieve it.

2. It Entails Domain Names, E-mails, Databases, File Transfer Protocols, Control Panels, and so on.

Cloud hosting is not confined to a remote file storage only. We are talking about a web hosting solution, serving countless domain names, web pages, e-mail aliases, and so on, right?

To name a hosting service a "cloud hosting" one requires a lot more than offering simply remote data storage mounts (or possibly physical servers). The electronic mail server(s) have to be dedicated just to the e-mail related services. Performing nothing different than these specific procedures. There might be just one single or perhaps a whole bunch of electronic mail servers, depending on the overall server load produced. To have an authentic cloud hosting solution, the remote database servers should be operating as one, regardless of their real number. Doing nothing different. The same goes for the customers' CPs, the File Transfer Protocol, etc.

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

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

Here's an example of a DNS of a real cloud hosting services provider:



If such a DNS is offered by your hosting company, it's not a guarantee that there is a cloud web hosting platform in use, but you can absolutely be certain when you spot a DNS like the one below:



that there isn't any cloud web hosting platform. This sort of Domain Name Server plainly shows that the web hosting platform in use is one-single-server based. Probably it's cPanel. cPanel is a single-server hosting platform and maintains a 98+ percent market share. In cPanel's case, one server copes with all hosting services (web, e-mail, DNS, databases, FTP, web hosting CP(s), web site files, and so on).

Remote File Storage - The Twisted Characterization of Cloud Hosting.

So, a cloud hosting service is not limited exclusively to a remote file storage solution, as many hosting providers wish it was. Unfortunately for them, if that was the case, the majority of the file web hosting service providers would have been classified as cloud hosting ones a long time ago! They are not referred to as such, since they merely supply file web hosting solutions, not cloud hosting services. The file hosting platform looks indeed quite simple, in comparison with the web hosting platform. The remote file storage platform is not a cloud hosting platform. It cannot be, as it's only one tiny fragment of the entire cloud hosting platform. There's plenty more to be found in the cloud hosting platform: the web hosting CP cloud, the database clouds (MySQL, PostgreSQL), the Domain Name Server cloud, the File Transfer Protocol cloud, the e-mail cloud and... in the near future, maybe a number of new clouds we currently are not aware of will surface unexpectedly.

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